General Question 1/2015

The Otago province had an underwater craft in the 19th century. What was the name of this craft and what was its intended purpose?

PLATYPUS

A. A gold-mining submarine dredge named Platypus. The story can be read here by clicking HERE

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2 Responses to General Question 1/2015

  1. Casper says:

    This was the “Platypus” built in 1873 and tested in 1874 for the NZ Submarine GoldmIning Co. Got stuck underwater on second test dive for 4 hours with several persons on board-the Company for some reason lost interest after that. I believe that there have been a few Waka recently trying the same thing.
    Love light and peace

  2. Casper says:

    Just another interesting fact about the gold dredge submarine Platypus which was Dunedin built (at least I think it’s interesting) is the following from Middlemarch Central Otago Museum:
    “An interesting item on show is the submarine Platypus, designed and built in 1873 by an enterprising fellow named R W Nuttall. Christened Platypus, It would sit at the bottom of rivers or streams, while prospecting would take place out of a hatch situated where the submarine touched the bottom. Financial problems led to the company going into receivership. The submarine ended up in four pieces on a Pukerangi sheep station, The Reefs, owned at the time by Bill Stewart. In 1991 Mr Stewart gave three of the pieces to the museum.”
    As I said in an earlier post, I don’t believe it was ever used by any company as it got stuck on the bottom for four hours on it’s second test, and buyers went off it in a big way.
    Love light and peace

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