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New Zealand Whaling Site Investigated

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

the norwegian whalers base at price s inlet stewar 51664c7c3aSTEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Archaeologists are trying to win protection for an intact Norwegian whalers’ base dating to the early twentieth century. “At the moment, because it is a post-1900 site, the Norwegian remains don’t have any legal protection under the Historic Places Act,” said Matthew Schmidt of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Whalers brought their boats to the remote cove for repairs by a staff of 40 people. To date, the team has found a complete whaling ship built in 1853 that had been brought to the base for use as a dry jetty, the foundations of the manager’s building, a winch, propellers, and the bunkhouse.