World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0023612414
Reproduction Date:

Title: Hikitia  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: TEV Wahine, Fleming and Ferguson
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Hikitia at the Taranaki Street wharf
Name: Hikitia
Owner: Maritime Heritage Trust of Wellington
Port of registry: Wellington
Builder: Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley, Scotland[1]
Yard number: 486[1]
Launched: 15 April 1926[1]
Maiden voyage: 29 September 1926
Status: Operational
General characteristics
Tonnage: 746 GRT[1]
Displacement: 926 tonnes
Length: 160.1 ft (48.8 m)[1]
Beam: 52.3 ft (15.9 m)[1]
Depth: 11.35 ft (3.5 m)
Installed power: steam engines originally fed by coal-fired fired Scotch boilers, later replaced in 1963 by oil-fired boilers and then by small modern package boilers.
Propulsion: twin screw[1]
Speed: about 10 kn (18.5 km/h; 11.5 mph)

Hikitia is a working self-propelled floating steam crane in Wellington, New Zealand. She is thought to be the only working steam crane of her type in the world. She is also the sister ship to the Rapaki, formerly of the Port of Lyttelton, which is now at the New Zealand Maritime Museum.


Twin screws are driven by surface-condensing direct-drive compound engines which were supplied with steam by a coal-fired Scotch boiler with two furnaces. A similar but oil-fired boiler replaced the original boiler in 1963. In 1980 this was also removed and the present two locally made small modern package boilers were installed.[2] These new boilers produce less steam than the original ones.


The hull of the vessel was built by Fleming & Ferguson and the crane was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow. The crane alone weighs 310 tonnes, and was built to lift 80 tonnes. However, while dismantling the wreck of TEV Wahine it is thought that she lifted 140 tonnes.[3] In 2004 she lifted 100 tonnes to maintain her lifting license of 80 tonnes. Her most recent lift was a 20 tonne ice plant in Lyttelton.


Hikitia travelled to Lyttelton in June 2009 for hull, tail shaft and various other underwater repairs.[4] While in Lyttelton, she moved an ice plant between wharves to repay part of her refurbishment at the port's dry dock. The venture south was the ship's first time out of Wellington since 1926.



External links

  • Hikitia Heavy Lift Ltd
  • Crane Event from Heritage New Zealand, Autumn 2005
  • Maritime Archaeological Association of New Zealand
  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.