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The changing size of ships, 1874–1978

The changing size of ships, 1874–1978

The advent of containers in the 1970s brought quicker loading, and larger ships. This diagram shows the quadrupling in tonnage from a typical freighter in the years after the Second World War ended in 1945, to the containerised Mairangi Bay of 1978. The comparison with a sailing vessel 100 years before is even more striking.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - The container revolution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016