• The Earnslaw carried the Duke of York in 1927 and the Duke of Gloucester in 1935.
  • In March 1990, the Earnslaw carried Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
  • Other royalty to travel on board have been the King and Queen of Belgium, the Prince of Thailand, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
  • The TSS Earnslaw made a brief cameo appearance in the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) as an Amazon River boat.
  • The TSS Earnslaw uses 1 tonne of coal every hour
  • Parts of the TSS Earnslaw were used as the basis for the SS Venture, the steamship in the movie King Kong.
  • The TSS Earnslaw was launched in the same year as the RMS Titanic in 1912.
  • Former president Bill Clinton travelled on board the TSS Earnslaw in 1999.
  • The TSS Earnslaw travels 1.5 times the circumference of the earth each year. Not bad for a 100 year old steamship!
  • TSS stands for Twin Screw Steamship
  • Famous composer Ron Goodwin composed a piece of music inspired by the rhythm of the TSS Earnslaw’s engines. It was first performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
  • The TSS Earnslaw inspired the illustrated children’s story book Pot the dragon by Brian High. Pot will be 24 years old in 2012.
  • The TSS Earnslaw is the first and only vessel in New Zealand to be classified as a Heritage One under a District plan

Other royalty to travel on board have been the King and Queen of Belgium, the Prince of Thailand, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

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