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A Mystery to Solve!
Summer has now left us and the mornings are a lot cooler. The Museum is now in its winter hours – so closed Monday’s (except for Queen’s Birthday) and 10am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Thank you to all who visited over the summer break. It was great to see so many new visitors to the Museum.
Now we have a little mystery to solve!!
We have discovered a little newspaper article from February 20th 1936 that states that a part of the HMS Buffalo’s stem was found by Mr George Ralph of Mercury Bay. The piece was about seven feet in length and covered in copper but was in first class order. Even the felt was preserved under the copper and still retained the smell of the tar (image of article attached).
On a recent visit to the Auckland Maritime Museum looking at other Buffalo timbers, Kurt Bennett (Marine Archaeologist) was made aware of this piece by way of a photo held there. He has asked if we could track the whereabouts of this piece. We do not have it in the Museum and therefore wonder if anyone in the community is aware of the piece and maybe where it is today. (Images attached of the photo from Maritime Museum front & back)
If you can help please contact us at the Museum we would love to know any information about it or where it is.
See you all soon
Becs Cox – Manager
This article first appeared in The Mercury Bay Informer
1 – 12 November 2019
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