Shipwreck over 150 years old is lifted off Northland beach in delicate operation

New Zealand - A remarkably intact shipwreck has been lifted off a Kaipara beach in Northland. Massive diggers were called in to free the Daring, a schooner beached for more than 150 years. This 17-metre schooner, beached in 1865 during wild gales, was buried and then forgotten.

The diggers made a lumbering march across Kaipara sand dunes, an unlikely start of the rescue effort.

"I thought maybe it's in the too hard file," John Street of the Daring Restoration Charitable Trust said.

This 17-metre schooner, beached in 1865 during wild gales, was buried and then forgotten.

But in May this year, a massive storm uncovered a rare find.

"I think it says that we were well ahead of the eight ball in our shipbuilding technology right then in 1863," Baden Pascoe, a marine historian said.

Once thought too expensive to retrieve, some wanted to leave the Daring to the elements, before a lover of old ships stumped up $1 million.

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