Story: Shipbuilding

The Earnslaw after launching (3rd of 3)

The Earnslaw after launching

Three months after building began, on 24 February 1912, the Earnslaw was launched in front of a large crowd. Here we see its 50-metre hull soon after the launch. On 18 October 1912, the ferry was formally commissioned and made her maiden voyage. Queenstown celebrated with a holiday the following day. The Earnslaw is still sailing today.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipbuilding - The iron and steel era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jul 2015