Event Index

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Steve needs to code this page to list the events and data (info) from the Timeline Chart.

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SS TOROA - 2009 to Current

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2009-2010  

Work inside the hull continues with the engine and boiler room (the centre length of the hull) mostly finished – frames installed from keel to deck, deck beams and gusset plates installed, and most of the longitudinal and transverse steel bulkheads, all in new steel. Only two bulkhead plates were sound enough to save, and were refurbished. Bulkheads were hot riveted in the traditional way, using contract and voluntary labour.

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SS TOROA - 2005 to 2008

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2005
Toroa's two wheelhouses rebuilt by Colin Brown Shipwright and returned to the Selwood Road site.  About 300 hours work by Colin Brown, Colin Davidson and apprentice Josh Hawke went into the restoration, using traditional methods.  

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SS TOROA - 2001 to 2008

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7 May 2001
Resource consent granted by Waitakere City Council to establish Toroa on land at Selwood Road, Henderson.

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SS TOROA - 1998 to 1999

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1998 October    
The ferro-cement pontoons complete and assembled, ready to lift Toroa for restoration of the hull.

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SS TOROA - 1985 to 1995

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1985 21 March   
A group of interested parties form the Toroa Preservation Society to save Toroa, the last of the double-ended steam ferries, from the ship breakers.

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SS TOROA - 1962 to 1984

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1962 May   
The berthing of large liners at the Auckland wharves could often cause the ferries problems and this day was no exception. Toroa was making her way to her berth in the ferry basin when she was caught by the wash of the tugs Aucklander and William C Daldy berthing the P&O liner Canberra.  The master lost control and the ferry was  smashed violently onto No.1 ferry tee, where she hit a pile and sheered away.  The force of the collision with the wharf was such that all windows bar one in the ferry were broken.

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SS TOROA - 1949 to 1960

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1950s
 Chafing pieces fitted to Toroas rudder to prevent damage when ferries were tied up at night. They were later removed.

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SS TOROA - 1927 to 1949

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1927 16 June
Toroa collides with the cable ship Iris in very heavy fog, after avoiding the cargo steamer West Calera. Damage to flagstaff (then stepped on stempost) and upper rail and seating.

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SS TOROA - 1923 to 1926

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SS Toroa is the last of eight Albatross-type steam passenger ferries built between 1904 & 1925 to work between Auckland City and the North Shore on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. She spent her life working the Devonport run in tandem with the SS Makora and later with the Kestrel conveying people (20,000 a day at peak between them) across the harbour. 

1923 11 October
Tenders close for the Devonport Steam Ferry Company’s new ferry to be constructed alternatively in wood and steel.

1924 January
George Niccol contracted to build a ferry for the Devonport Steam Ferry Co. on the model of The Peregrine.
Triple-expansion engine and fittings for the new ferry ordered from Aitcheson, Blair Ltd. of Scotland.

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