Story: Shipbuilding

Strathlairg enters Wellington dock (2nd of 3)

Strathlairg enters Wellington dock

To receive a ship (in this case P&O’s Strathlairg) the floating dock filled its ballast tanks to submerge. The ship was lined up and slowly winched in by the capstans on the dock’s sides.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/1879/14A

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipbuilding - The iron and steel era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jul 2015