Category: Maritime

Wellington Harbour: An Explosive Cargo

2 August 1918 – This isn’t an average Friday afternoon. Workers down their tools and diners abandon their lunch to rush to the waterfront and see what all the fuss is about. Motorists and cyclists stop along the Hutt Road. There is a commotion in the harbour – […]

Premiere: The Drowning Country

A unique New Zealand story is hitting the big screen this weekend – Caroline Fitzgerald’s film ‘The Drowning Country’ tells the amazing story of how her great-grandmother revolutionised life jacket designs in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic. Orpheus Beaumont always had a close connection with […]

The Troublesome Yankee Schooner

Today I’ve got a seafaring saga to share with you – the story of a four-masted Yankee schooner that was photographed while visiting New Zealand in the 1920’s.  There are no pirates in this tale, but there is just about everything else.  There are ghost ships, tempests and […]

Dining on the Titanic

A year ago today I was fortunate enough to attend a dinner commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  It wasn’t just any dinner, but a complete re-enactment of the last dinner that was served to the First Class Passengers on that fateful night.  So […]

A Mystery Ship in Port Said

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the HMAS Encounter I thought I’d share another photograph from the same collection.  Last time the identity of the ship was written on the back of the image by the photographer, but this time I know a lot less about […]

A Distant Encounter

The only thing more riveting than trainspotting is ship-spotting.  Whenever I’m looking through albums or collections of old photos I always look out for any snaps of steamers and see if I can recognize them.  If not, then I cheat and look on the back to see if […]