Story: Seafarers

The engine room

The engine room

A marine engineer operates the engine room controls of the steamship Maori, which carried passengers between the North and South islands from 1906 until 1944. The ship’s coal-fired boilers were converted to oil in 1923. This change reduced the number of engine-room staff required, as well as improving working conditions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: 1/4-009814; F

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Neill Atkinson, 'Seafarers - The seafaring workforce', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 12 Jun 2006