The Hikitia Floating Crane − Taranaki Street Wharf
The Hikitia floating crane is a Wellington icon and thought to be the world's oldest ship of this type still working.
Built in Scotland in 1926 she sailed from Glasgow on 29 September and arrived in Wellington on 21 December – some 84 days which is considered a record distance for a ship of this type. She began work almost immediately and for 63 years was used in construction and other work, including demolishing the Wahine.
In 1990 she was purchased for preservation by two couples. After hard work by the owners and many volunteers, in July 1992 the 66-year-old ship was approved to lift 80 tonnes after succeeding in an 88-tonne lift. She went on to successfully complete a 100-tonne test lift to maintain her licence, which matches her performance in 1926 when she first arrived in Wellington.