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The Athenic

The Athenic

In the early years of the 20th century the biggest liners running to New Zealand were the 12,200-ton Athenic class for the joint Shaw Savill & Albion/White Star service. The stately four-mast Athenic could carry 121 first-class, 117 second-class and 450 third-class passengers, and as this photograph from around 1916 shows, she could make a lot of smoke.

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Reference: Neg. no. 5355

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - The ‘Home boats’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 March 2024)

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