Story: Shipbuilding

Strathlairg high and dry (3rd of 3)

Strathlairg high and dry

Once the ship was on the blocks, dock workers positioned stout timber bracing to keep it in place before pumping out the dock. The 7,267-ton Strathlairg had been built for the British India Steam Navigation Company as the Chakdina in 1951, and was transferred to parent group P&O 22 years later. Renamed Strathlairg in 1975, it was scrapped in Taiwan in 1977.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/1877/20

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipbuilding - The iron and steel era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

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