Story: The voyage out

Troops being ferried ashore, New Plymouth

Troops being ferried ashore, New Plymouth

Before ports had been developed in New Zealand, landing could be difficult and even risky. For a long time New Plymouth had only an open roadstead, and immigrants (such as these soldiers being landed in 1860) were ferried ashore from ships anchored well out to sea. They came ashore through the surf onto an open beach.

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Journeys to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005