Dates              

 

Milestones

 

1907

 

Cabinet approval sought for building of new steamer on Lake Wakatipu

 

September 1910

 

Tender of $20,850 awarded to John McGregor & Co, Dunedin

 

4 July, 1911

 

Keel laid in McGregor’s yard

Prefabrication in Dunedin
27 April 2011

28 November, 1911

 

Keel re-laid in Kingston

 

24 February, 1912

 

Hull launched in Lake Wakatipu

Hull launched at Kingston
27 April 2011

02 April, 1912

 

Funnel and mast placed in position

 

03 August, 1912

 

First trial trip from Kingston to Halfway Bay under steam

 

18 October, 1912

 

Maiden voyage from Kingston to Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw at Queenstown Steamer Wharf

The TSS Earnslaw at the Queenstown wharf about to commence her maiden voyage to the head of the Lake, 19 October 1912

27 April 2011

21 October, 1912

 

New Zealand Railways formally accepts delivery of the TSS Earnslaw

 

12 April, 1914

 

Carries a record number of 1056 passengers on Easter Sunday

 

March, 1927

 

His Royal Highness, the Duke of York travels on the TSS Earnslaw

 
Duke of York

His Royal Highness the Duke of York (later King George IV) leaving the Earnslaw and about to board the Royal Train in March, 1927

27 April 2011

January, 1935

 

His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester  travels on the TSS Earnslaw

 

1954

 

Steam engines dismantled and reconditioned

 

1956

 

Helps with the laying of telephone cable from Glenorchy to Kinloch

 

1960

 

First hull repair since launch - three hull plates replaced due to corrosion from soapy water dripping from the galley sink.

 
First plate renewal on the TSS Earnslaw, 1961

First plate renewal on the Earnslaw's hull during the 1961 survey.

27 April 2011

 1966

 

Enables laying of telephone cable across Frankton Arm between Queenstown and Kelvin Peninsula

 
1967  

Fiordland Travel (now Real Journeys) approached to take over the operations of the TSS Earnslaw for the first time. 

 
January 1968  

TSS Earnslaw makes headlines in The Press when the Minister of Railways, Peter Gordon states that the Government would contemplate giving the steamer away

 
August 1968  

Tenders invited for the purchase of the TSS Earnslaw

 
11 December 1968  

Minister of Railways, Peter Gordon announces lease to an Auckland group from the 1st of Jan, 1969

 

27 October 1969

 

The Lake Wakatipu Steamship Company fails to purchase the TSS Earnslaw thereby forfeiting their right to operate it.

 

12 December 1969

 

Fiordland Travel takes over operations of the TSS Earnslaw

 

1970

 

Capacity reduced from 1035 to 747

 

1984 

 

Bridge of the TSS Earnslaw rebuilt and enclosed to provide crew with better protection from the elements

 

 1990

 

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw

 

 1998

 

TSS Earnslaw becomes the first vessel to be protected under a district plan when the Queenstown Lakes District council lists it as Category One Heritage

 

 

The TSS Earnslaw uses 1 tonne of coal every hour.

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