TSS Earnslaw – Queenstown, New Zealand

According to Real Journeys, the company that runs the lake cruises, Queen Elizabeth and Bill Clinton are among the famous people who have experienced the old-world charm of TSS Earnslaw. Sadly, when I was down in Queenstown with my wife recently, we couldn’t join that elite list. However, we did fall in love with the Earnslaw.

TSS Earnslaw

She made for a wonderful sight steaming in at sunset.  Can you believe TSS Earnslaw turned 100 on 18 October 2012? And she has aged beautifully. Apparently, she is the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying, coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere (Wikipedia).

TSS Earnslaw

Here’s a bit about her history from the official website (www.tssearnslaw.co.nz)

“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.”

TSS Earnslaw

If you are ever in Queenstown, do not miss out on taking a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw. I am sure it’ll be a wonderful experience. The next time we are in Queenstown, I will definitely be queing up to get on board this timeless steamer.

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  1. Alfred January 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Great photos Sush, very inspiring. – would love to paint them if I may?

    • Sush January 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Thanks Alfred. I am sure they will look even better through your watercolours.

    • Ajay May 7, 2014 at 4:30 am #

      Was lucky enough to live there for three years in the nnieties – beautiful and educational! My mother is Scottish, Pitlochry, and she felt very at home in the mountains when they visited.

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