Story: Shipping

Promoting the New Zealand Line

Promoting the New Zealand Line

The New Zealand Shipping Company’s three 16,000-ton motor ships Rangitiki, Rangitane and Rangitata of 1929 were the height of modernity, the first diesel-powered passenger liners on the New Zealand run. The Rangitane was lost in the Second World War, but the others served into the 1960s, to the delight of those for whom travel aboard anything other than a ‘Rangi boat’ was unthinkable. This poster from around 1940 features the Rangitata.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-G-Ship-1940-01

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - From coal to oil', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2024)

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