As the place where many passengers first disembarked, ships have played an important part in the Island’s history. The larger ocean going ships would not have disembarked directly onto the Island Jetty but be transferred by smaller ships. Some interesting notes about ships from different periods are shown here: (these pages under development (14/4/2016)
Fast and elegant clipper emigrant ships of the 1870’s
Christian McCausland (1869-1892)
Troopships of WW1
Scheduled services between Port Chalmers and Portobello ran from 1876-1950’s). Most visited the island on demand.
- Waikana (1909-1938). Visited the Island many times, finally rests there.
- SS Tarewai (1905-1943). Named after Tarewai.
- Elsie Evans (1901-today). Ferry from 1946-1950’s.
Admiral Byrds ships