Story: Shipping

The coaster

In the late 1940s the coaster Breeze, still going strong at a steady 9 knots, was immortalised in The coaster, a famous National Film Unit production of 1948. In this film clip the ship travels from Wellington up the west coast to Whanganui. The words were written by the poet Denis Glover and read by Selwyn Toogood. 

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Reference: Weekly Review 374. National Film Unit,1948

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - From coal to oil', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/5764/the-coaster (accessed 23 November 2019)

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