Digital Photograph: Earthquake Damage to Dry Dock Pump House, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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01 Mar 2011
One portrait colour digital photograph taken on 1 March 2011 showing earthquake damage to the Dry Dock Pump House. Photograph taken from Dampiers Bay Pile Moorings showing the eastern end of the building and the Cassion.
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The brick pump house for the Lyttelton Graving or Dry Dock was damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Lyttelton Port of Christchurch decided to demolish the building so that the dry dock could continue to operate. The dry dock opened in January 1883 and, along with the pump house, was designed by the Lyttelton Harbour Board’s Engineer Charles Napier Bell. The original pumps are still in use and it takes three hours to empty the 146.75 metre long dock. Both ships in the dry dock remained upright during the earthquakes.
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