NZ Crane Hire lifts the sunken Kestrel ferry

NZ Crane Hire lifts the sunken Kestrel ferry

On Monday, March 7th this year the beloved Auckland ferry sank overnight at its berth in Wynyard Quarter. The Kestrel was built and launched in 1905 and is hailed by many as one of Auckland's most significant maritime icons. 

Salvage experts contracted NZ Crane Hire to help lift the Kestrel, concerned that the 170 tonne hull which was being held down by the engine and stuck in mud at the bottom of the harbour, could mean that any crane capable of lifting it would be too heavy for the wharf. There was added concern that the hull would break up as it was lifted.

It took all day on April 14 to salvage but the historic ferry and it was finally lifted back, intact onto an Auckland slipway just after 1am by three NZ Crane Hire cranes. The crew included 12 salvage experts, including NZ Crane Hire engineers and crane operators, who at the end of a long day were relieved to see the vessel back above water.

Images taken from www.instragram.com/p.BEKaSRihQ-9 and stuff.co.nz