Story: Ports and harbours

Cranes on Wellington wharves

Cranes on Wellington wharves

As ships got larger the main ports improved their cargo-handling facilities, adding hydraulic and electric cranes to their major wharves. This early 20th-century photograph shows a mixture of horse-drawn and rail wagons bringing sawn timber ready for loading.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PAColl-5932-47
Photograph by Joseph Zachariah

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - 19th- and 20th-century changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015