Historic Cog Restored

16 February 2010

The giant cast-iron cog that helped haul ships ashore in Evans Bay for more than a century has now been fully restored and moved to a new home.

It's now in a purpose-built concrete pit opposite Cog Park by Evans Bay. The platform allows the cog to be displayed in a way that will give you an impression of how it appeared when it was in use.

The cog, which weighs just over 17 tonnes, was part of the original steam engine used to winch ships up the Patent Slip for cleaning, repairs and painting. The Patent Slip in Evans Bay operated from 1873 until 1985.

The Council's Acting Parks and Gardens Manager, Vikki Muxlow, says the cog is one of the few surviving parts of the machine that drove the Patent Slip.

"What remains on the site today is an important part of the city's industrial heritage. We're delighted to return it to its former site - it's a great place for people to view and admire the cog," she says.

A series of interpretation panels have been installed at the site - where you can read all about the Patent Slip's history.