Kōrero: Shipping

The Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu

The Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu was a stronghold of inland shipping. A succession of steamers connected Queenstown, lakeside sheep stations and the Kingston railhead. The most famous steamer is ‘the Lady of the Lake’, the Earnslaw of 1912. She was designed and manufactured at Dunedin, railed in parts to Kingston and reassembled and launched into the lake, where she still operates. This photograph was taken in 1956.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Sailing ships and inland vessels in the steam era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5685/the-earnslaw-lake-wakatipu (accessed 18 October 2019)

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