Story: Shipping

The Rakaia, Port Chalmers

The Rakaia, Port Chalmers

In 1873 Christchurch merchants took on the British with a line of their own. The New Zealand Shipping Company started well with fast, comfortable iron clippers such as the immigrant ship Rakaia (1,057 tons).

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Immigrant ships', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

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