Story: Shipbuilding

The Earnslaw after launching (3rd of 3)

The Earnslaw after launching

Three months after reassembly began, on 24 February 1912, the TSS Earnslaw was launched at Kingston 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 its maiden voyage to Queenstown, which celebrated the occasion 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 23 July 2024)

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