1998 Toroa refloated on second attempt

1998 21 June       

Unsuccessful first effort to raise the Toroa with the Port Company’s floating crane Hikinuias a result of insufficient lifting capacity and gear failure and local conditions .

Photo: Toroa Collection

1998 29 June     
Second attempt successful. After 30 hours of continuous work Toroa once again afloat alongside Birkenhead Wharf. Air bags, placed by divers inside the hull, and the removal of the upper cabins make the difference.

1998 7 July   
Toroa towed to Orams Marine slipway in Beaumont Street for water-blasting, some patching of the hull and maintenance work.

1998 August    
Toroa re-launched and taken to HMNZ Navy Dock Yard wharf for further work.