Story: Shipping

Brigantine at Riverton, about 1860

Brigantine at Riverton, about 1860

Small sailing ships linked colonial New Zealand’s rough and dangerous sea ports. Riverton began as a whaling station and remained a coastal port in the early 20th century.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - The era of sail', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016