Story: Ferries

The Arahura

The Arahura

The Arahura, a 1,600-ton steamer, was built in 1905 for the Union Steam Ship Company. After 20 years doing the run from Wellington to Greymouth via Nelson and Westport, she was bought by the Anchor Line, and spent the next 25 years travelling between Wellington and Nelson. Partly dismantled in Wellington, the Arahura was deliberately sunk in Cook Strait by Royal New Zealand Air Force mosquito bombers as target practice in January 1952.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. H. Kinnear Collection
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Gavin McLean, 'Ferries - Cook and Foveaux strait ferries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 11 Mar 2010