Looking at a bach from the inside out

The weather from my window this morning had me questioning if it was going to be another day off the island, but fieldwork was a go despite the periodically heavy rains. It was only my first day out on Rangitoto; however, it was another successful day of fieldwork for the project. The team got to see the inside of a bach, identified some possible ship doors and fixtures, and documented a total of six bach sites!

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Remains of a demolished bach structure at Islington Bay

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Possible door from an abandoned vessel.

Work started on the island when we arrived off the ferry at 0945. To spare Kurt from another day of cross-island trekking, the team stayed in the Islington Bay area. It was there that a bach owner gave us a peek into the interior of his island getaway. Looking out over the water from the front door it is easy to imagine kicking your feet up on a warm summer day and escaping from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. As much as we would have loved to do just that, there was much work to be done.

Two of the baches investigated today displayed evidence of vessel materials. The possible ship doors and fixtures that were identified require some additional investigation, but key features keep us hopeful! The team was keen to keep on recording however the 1600 ferry drew our day to a close. Looks like we will just have to wait until tomorrow! /VS

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Vanessa Sullivan at Islington Bay

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