Kōrero: Shipping

The revolutionary Southern Cross

Shaw Savill & Albion’s 20,204-ton Southern Cross was the glamour cruiser of the post-war liners. Everything about her was revolutionary. Until then the liners on the New Zealand run had carried a mixture of passengers and cargo. They looked like the Gothic-class ship seen in the background of this Wellington Harbour scene, covered in hatches and cargo derricks. The Southern Cross carried only passengers, all of them in a democratic single class. Their enjoyment of her uncluttered decks was enhanced by the funnel being right aft, minimising the nuisance of fumes. Listen to a BBC report on the launching of the ship by Queen Elizabeth II in August 1954.

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Museum of Wellington City and Sea

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Post-war boom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/5769/the-revolutionary-southern-cross (accessed 27 May 2020)

He kōrero nā Gavin McLean, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016