Writing inspirations – one of two famous steamships from 1912

As far as New Zealanders are concerned there were two famous steamships that had their maiden voyages in 1912. One of them was the Titanic (obviously). The other was this one – SS Earnslaw.

SS Earnslaw approaching the Queenstown steamer wharf on Lake Wakipitu.
SS Earnslaw approaching the Queenstown steamer wharf on Lake Wakipitu.

Unlike the Titanic, the Earnslaw’s still going – in fact, she is one of the oldest working steamships in the world. She was built in pieces in Dunedin and then assembled inland, at the south end of Lake Wakipitu, to serve the mail run and get mail and supplies to inland sheep stations along the coast of this zig-zag lake. She’s still doing it – and is a major tourist attraction. I think that story is one to inspire.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015


5 thoughts on “Writing inspirations – one of two famous steamships from 1912

    1. It’s taken a lot of maintenance. The guy who was in charge of the steam plant (genuine period triple expansion) from the early 1990s until about 15 years ago is an old friend of my family.

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