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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.
1986 7 February
New Zealand Maritime Trust purchases Toroa
North Shore Ferries Limited, the owners of Toroa, sell the ferry to the New Zealand Maritime Trust for the sum of one dollar. The Toroa Preservation Society takes possession of the ferry by way of a perpetually renewable lease from the New Zealand Maritime Trust and her restoration begins.
Photo: Toroa Collection
1988 1 August
Toroa slipped at Marine Steel slipway for hull inspection and antifouling
After the inspection, members of the Toroa Preservation Society Inc. produce a thorough schedule of the restoration work needed on the ferry and, from that, a budget for the work. Interestingly enough, once the Toroa floated off the cradle after re-launching, no water was taken in at all.
1990 25 February
At the order of the Ports of Auckland, Toroa moved from Westhaven to settle at the Birkenhead Wharf on the North Shore. For the first time in 10 years the steam ferry Toroa traversed the waters of the Waitemata Harbour With no power of her own, the Toroa was towed to her berth by the 54-year-old steam tug William C Daldy. The Toroa Preservation Society continue with her restoration.
Photo: NZ Herald, 26th February 1990
Toroa a Film Set for Shortland Street
Moored at Birkenhead Wharf, Toroa becomes a set for South Pacific Picture Serials in the television series Shortland Street.
Ferro-Cement pontoons: The Toroa Preservation Society planned to build eight ferro-cement pontoons, employing Task Force Green workers, to raise the ferry out of the water and onto a 'dry dock'. Planned to commence September 1995 and expected to cost about $120,000 much cheaper than carrying out the work hauled out on a slipway.