Other images of Nelson's iconic Fifeshire Rock.
Fifeshire Rock has inspired artists and photographers since the Nelson settlement began. It has two names, both dating from the early days, and both are still used.
After Arthur Wakefield's ship "Arrow" sailed into Nelson Haven on 1 November, 1841 through the narrow channel between the Rock and the Boulder Bank the Rock was named "Arrow Rock." But when the immigrant ship "Fifeshire" endeavoured to leave port on the 27th February, 1842, she was wrecked on the rock which has been popularly known as Fifeshire Rock ever since.
The narrow channel between Fifeshire Rock and the natural Boulder Bank, and the movement of the sandbanks sea-wards, made navigation into the port extremely hazardous. A number of vessels were either stranded or wrecked. These vents led to public agitation culminating in the dredging of the entrance cut—still called the "New Entrance"—just to distinguish it from the hazardous "Old Entrance" to the Nelson Harbour.
The Nelson City Council took the first important steps when it asked Captain F. W. Cox (Harbourmaster) to report on the harbour. Captain Cox said that the entrance had changed little, but the rapid inshore travel of the bar interfered seriously with the sailing course in the outer fairway. Whereas in 1884 there was a width of 1800 feet between the sandbank and the Boulder Bank, there was—in 1898—only 900 feet. Captain Cox added, "If there is no improvement, it will be only practicable for the smaller class of vessels to work the port."
Further reports were comissioned and after consideration the government agreed in principle that a cut should be made through the Boulder Bank, following the creation of a Harbour Board and approval by ratepayers of a loan for the work.
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