Steel minesweeping trawlers represented the peak of New Zealand’s wartime shipbuilding. They were able to sweep mines, hunt submarines and escort convoys, and were mostly built at Port Chalmers, the country’s centre of steel shipbuilding. Fletcher Construction took over the Port Chalmers shipyard Stevenson & Cook in 1942, and rapidly established an entirely new yard at Boiler Point to build the sweepers.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
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