Maritime Heritage Site

SEAWAY PRINCE 1975-1985TAMAHINE 1925-1962RANGATIRA 1931- 1967FPSO RAROATANEA at WanganuiARAHURAKORANUI 1956-1975HOLMBANK 1962 - 63

Welcome:

The New Zealand Ship & Marine Society was formed in 1949 and was comprised of people from all sections of the community and from many different countries who have an interest in ships and maritime activities. 

The website contains a random selection of short articles, a list of maritime books, short histories of shipping companies, the ships and some personalities which trade or have traded to New Zealand, some New Zealand ports, copies of the journal “New Zealand Marine News” and Dr. Watt's Index. 

As an island country, all transport to and from New Zealand before 1930 was by ship. The first settlers arrived by canoe and the European settlers who followed in the 19th century were transported by sailing ship.

Steam ships were slow to arrive in New Zealand because of the great distances between coaling stations. After the frozen meat trade started in 1882, steamships trading overseas increased rapidly, although by that time there were numerous steam vessels trading around the coast and across to Australia.

Many shipping companies were associated with trade to and from New Zealand. Some lasted many years, some did not remain long, some were only one ship companies, but all contributed to the growth of the nation and gave employment to many New Zealanders.

The search facility scans our whole web site.

 

The Society website was first established by Mark Johnston in February 2000. When he left New Zealand in June 2005, Captain John Brown kindly agreed to become webmaster and to further develop the website, which he did admirably. The original website was extensively revised and redesigned. In December 2014 the website moved over to Recollect and further developed. John Brown put much time and effort into adding photographs and articles into the website, and except for some transient one-call ships, the majority of his work has been retained for history. The Society was formally wound-up on 30 June 2019, but this website is retained as a maritime heritage site for historical maritime information, especially of New Zealand shipping.  

 

Highlights:

Farewell to SANTA REGINAINAHAKAIWARRA 1919-1942HOLMDALE 1961 - MAITAI  1908-1916Menu 1958OMANA 1930-1951USS American Legion (AP-35)KAITAWA 1949-1966KARETU  1926 - 1956HobartUSS BAINBRIDGEPOOLTA  1959-1976KAIAPOI 1949-1968Foundry Staff 1905WAINUI 1887-1929TAHITI 1911-1930Port KemblaHOLMGLEN 1931-1951DISCOVERYPrincess Danae x Port MelbourneTAHITI SINKINGPatea in its HeydayORETI  1888-1897KARU 1935-1964UNION HOBART 1976 -1984  SEAWAY HOBART 1984 -1988EVANS BAY PATENT SLIPCapacity Plan KORAKIQUEENS WHARF TOWERMONOWAI  1890-1926Hunter Liggett PracticeJOHN 1911-1936Grand Pacific HotelCharles Edward 1868-1908UNION ROTOITI 1977-1999PORT WYNDHAM 1935-1966.Corinthic 1947OVALAU 1891-1903AucklandDunedin 1874-1890RANGITIKI 1873-1898PORT CHALMERS 1969WAIHEMO 1946-1966AQUITANIAHOLMBURN 1957-1975OROWAITI  1921-1924MATAURA 1883-1895Tongariro 1901-1916TALISMAN

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