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Where are the Steam Ferries?

Posted by Website Admin on 20 September 2013 | Comments

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S.S. Toroa in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Graham Stewart

The paddle steamer Emu was the first steam ferry on the Waitemata, running from the Auckland wharves to Flagstaff (later Devonport) on the North Shore in 1860. The Emu unfortunately was wrecked on rocks off Motutapu Island after only a few months service.  A number of companies built and operated ferries   but the major growth in services began in 1881 with the formation of the Devonport Steam Ferry Co. These early steam ferries were paddle steamers and served the growing need to transport people and goods across the Waitemata Harbour.

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