Frost foreshadows fruitful finds

Early frost on Islington Bay wharf yesterday boded well for a successful and final day at the Islington Bay baches.

Frost on Rangitoto wharf at 0800

Frost on Islington Bay wharf at 0800

Being dropped off by Chinook allowed a full 2 hours extra working time before the first ferry arrived. One of the days highlights was locating possible porthole glass being used as a window in the back of a chimney at one bach.

Porthole glass in chimney window

Porthole glass in chimney window, Islington Bay

The other high point was finding two masts which were used in the construction of a treehouse in the garden of a bach.

Two masts being used as part of a treehouse

Two masts being used as part of a treehouse, Islington Bay

Detail of one of the masts

Detail of one of the masts, Islington Bay

While these masts are unlikely to be from the ships graveyard because they would be from smaller vessels, it is still an exciting sign of salvage and reuse of vessel material!

Kurt taking measurements of the two masts

Kurt taking measurements of the two masts, Islington Bay

We are now taking a well-earned rest day after 8 continuous days of fieldwork on Rangitoto, but will be back tomorrow for our first day at the Rangitoto Wharf bach community. /MF

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