TSS Earnslaw's 100th Birthday
The TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship turns 100 years old on 18 October 2012. In celebration of this historic event the steam ship Earnslaw has had a half-million dollar makeover and returned to the water on Friday 6 July.
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Launched by New Zealand Rail in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the last surviving and grandest steamship to have ever graced Lake Wakatipu. Named after Mount Earnslaw (the highest peak in the region), she is 168 feet in length, 24 feet across the beam and weighs 330 tonnes.
Originally built by J McGregor and Co in Dunedin, the TSS Earnslaw was dismantled and transported by rail to Kingston at the lake’s southern tip for reassembly and launching.
The TSS Earnslaw has since served the remote farming communities around Lake Wakatipu, including the original Walter Peak Station.
Her working roles have included; cargo ship, livestock carrier, passenger transporter and pleasure steamer.