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Banks Peninsula ferries, 1860s and 1870s (1st of 2)

Banks Peninsula ferries, 1860s and 1870s

Akaroa Harbour had its own ferry service from the late 1860s, provided by the steamer Pioneer. From 1877 a steamer service ran five times a week around Banks Peninsula, provided by the 95-ton Jane Douglas. There was also the ‘mosquito fleet’: a host of smaller boats that stopped at bays, inlets and small ports. Some operated as ferries, following timetables known to locals.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ferries - Coastal ferries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 11 Mar 2010