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Written by Richard edmondson, Northern News   
Monday, 26 April 2010

BIG JOB: Kerikeri shipwright John Clode with the 100-year-old wooden steamboat SS Minerva which local steam enthusiasts plan to restore.

A Century-old wooden steamboat able to carry more than 100 people could offer excursions in the Bay of Islands in less than two years if $800,000 can be raised to restore the vessel.

The Kerikeri Steam Trust is restoring the 20-metre SS Minerva after her Auckland owner gifted the boat to the trust on condition they restore her to her original state.

Shipwright John Clode, who is managing the restoration project, says Minerva's size and wooden construction make her unique in New Zealand which has few large working steamboats.

He can see the Minerva, which has towed kauri logs and been used as a ferry, fishing boat, floating brothel and America's Cup spectator boat, becoming a major tourist attraction in the bay.

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