Southern Woodys


Todays photos come to us via Len Redwood and Paul Hansen ‘s fb – in the top photo from L>R we have the Earnslaw (obscured), Mountaineer , then Ben Lomond and finally Muratai.

In the second photo we see the bow of Mountaineer tied up at the Kingston Wharf, Lake Wakatipu. 

While the Earnslaw is well known to most of us, keen to learn more about Mountaineer and Ben Lomond. There is a brief mention of both vessels in this WW story

Muratai has made a WW appearance here

30-10-2022 Input ex Greg Philpott – Mountaineer featured on a New Zealand stamp – see below. Greg also uncovered a ‘glass lantern slide’ for sale on ebay that is tagged ‘P S Mountaineer Lake Wakatipo’.

The poster below for the NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show (Lake Rotoiti – Nelson Lakes) is a stunning piece of nautical art – each year they step it up a level. I’ve been – it is always a goody so circle 4th>5th March 2023 in your calendar.

3 thoughts on “Southern Woodys

  1. although owned and operated from 1902/3 by the New Zealand Railways (effectively part of the railway system) , both steamers were built for private concerns in the 19th century . Take a look at The New Zealand Maritime Record webpage (NZ National Maritime Museum) for a good summary on each vessel -PS Mountainer and SS Ben Lomond.
    Both pictures appear to be in the latter years of Mountaineer’s career -probably 1920’s (out of service 1932)


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