We aim to tell how New Zealand developed culturally, socially, and politically during the 1860's through the stories of the ship the Daring.
The 1863 schooner the Daring has some incredible stories to tell about the cultural, agricultural and political development of New Zealand in the mid 1860's. As custodian of the Daring and her stories the Mangawhai Daring Trust is working with conservators to preserve the metals and timbers of the vessel to ultimately display her in a purpose built museum, the Daring Discovery Centre. Curation of the museum will include the display of the ship and the treasures found within her hull. Interactive and educational resources are being developed to support the 2022 education curriculum focus for school groups visiting from the Auckland and Northland regions.
The trust is custodian for the 53ft 1863 schooner the Daring which was recovered from the intertidal zone of Muriwai Beach and is now being preserved at Mangawhai where a museum is being built to share the stories of New Zealand life in the mid 1860's
We're making great progress 2 June 2022
Donations received via our givealittle page have been put to good use. Over the summer months we developed an interactive display at the Mangawhai Museum. In addition to the static display of artefacts found within the ship, we developed a scale version of the windlass, a derrick for loading ship, a chip log and line, and timber and trenail table for visitors to experiment with. Parts of this exhibition remain on display at Urlich Cottage at the Mangawhai Historic Village. Our professional conservation team have now completed timbers and metals analysis and finalised a conservation recommendations document which will guide the conservation process over coming years. Work on the ship has involved: removal of most of the iron fastenings for separate treatment, realignment of the windlass and bowsprit, removal of the iron sand from between the sawn frames and planking, reconstruction of beams to hold the vessel in shape. The planning and design of the building to house the Daring Discovery Centre and the curation and visitor experience plans are now well under way.
Thank you so much for your contribution. Much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your donation. It will be put to good use.
Thank you so much for your donation.. Appreciated.
Thank you so much for your donation Shane. Very much appreciated.
Thank you Dave. Much appreciated.