Once you have a ship's name, check out the on-line image collection at the National Library of New Zealand at Timeframes and their brief historical notes.
Partial alphabetical listing of ship images available from Timeframes.
|Accrington||Eastern Monarch||Madagascar||Saint Lawrence|
|Agnes Muir||Elginshire (wrecked Timaru)||Malay||Senorita|
|Aldergerone||E.P. Bouverie||Mairi Bhan||Shropshire|
|Aldergrove||E. R. Sterling||SS Malwa||SS Lawrence|
|Alexa||HMS Esk||SS Mantangi||SS Somerset|
|R.M.S. Aorangi||Fanny Fisher||SS Maporika||Star of India|
|Arethusa||Fiery Cross||Margaret Galbraith||Stormbird|
|Asterion||Flying Cloud||Marmion||Govt. p.s. Sturt|
|Audny||HMS Galatea||Metropolis||Tararua (wreck)|
|Ben Venue (wrecked Timaru)||SS Hawera||Ocean mail||W|
|Blair Athole||Helen Denny||Oamaru||Wallace|
|Black Swan||Heather Belle||Opawa & S.S||Wakatipu s.s.|
|Christian McCausland||Invercargill||Polly Woodside||Westland|
|City of Dunedin||Inverurie||Poneke||Wild Deer|
|City of Lahore||SS Ionic||Port Jackson||Wild Duck|
|Collingwood||James Nicol Fleming||Rialto||Wimmera|
|Commonwealth||Joseph Craig (stranded)||Rakaia||SS Wotton|
|Red Jacket s.s.||Y|
|Delaware (wreck)||Laira||Robert Henderson||Z|
|Duke of Edinburgh (beached)||Loch Ness||SS Rotarua|
|Dunedin||Louisa Campbell||SS Ruahine|
|Lyttelton||Ruapeha / Ruapehu|
The Alexander Turnbull Library is the research library within the National Library of NZ. TAPUHI provides access to descriptions of the unpublished Manuscripts and Pictures Collections of NZ and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library. You need to visit the National Library in Wellington, NZ to access the material. Their photographic collections contains photos of the following vessels:
Antares at Lyttelton Harbour
- RMS "Aorangi" was a steamer of 4268 tons. She was built in 1883 by Messrs. John Elder & Company Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, for the New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd, and was used to provide a passenger service between Great Britain and New Zealand. She was sold to the shipping firm of James Huddart in 1896 and them to the Union Steam Ship Company in 1910. She was then sold to Admirality and scuttled at Orkney Islands in 1915.
- RMS Athenic 1908
- Arawa clipper-type steamship berthed at Queens Wharf Wellington.1890s
- Arawa II
- British General iron ship
- British King
- Buenos Aires
- Captain Cook The steam ship Captain Cook, owned by the NZ Government and used between 1952 and 1955 to bring British migrants to NZ
- Christian McAusland built in 1869. She was an iron craft of 962 tons. She made 6 voyages to Port Chalmers, Dunedin, between 1870 and 1874.
- Coptic steel screw steamer
- Dominion Monarch
- SS Doric at Queen's Wharf, Wellington 1880s. The Doric was built 1863 by Harland and Wolf, Belfast for White Star line. Purchased by Shaw Savill & Albion. Sold to Pacific Line, 1906 and renamed Asia. Wrecked 1911
- Fiery Cross
- ss Haupiri
- Hurunui in the Lyttelton Graving Dock, shortly after it was opened by the acting Governor of New Zealand, Sir James Prendergast, on 3 January 1883.
- Inverurie being towed to Dunedin
- SS Kent
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Katrine at Geelong, Australia
- Mamari Passenger steamship Mamari with a small unidentified ship alongside, at sea. Pre 1900
- SS Matangi at wharf, Mount Maunganui
- Marmion and Sir Henry Port Chalmers
- Maheno (5500 tons) in Lyttelton Dock about 1914 . The Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand's new ship "Maheno" The "Maheno" was used as a hospital ship during World War 1. Photographs of the wreck of the TSS Maheno on Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia, photographed in about 2000
- ss Mararoa
- Mataura sailing ship
- ss Moeraki
- ss Navua berthed in Wellington during her role as a World War I troopship. She was built in 1904 by D J Dunlop & Co, Port Glasgow, and weighed 2930 Tons. She held 220 first class passengers and 136 second class passengers. She was operated by the Union Steam Ship Co. between 1904 and 1926 and was used as a troop ship during World War I. In 1926/7 she was sold to Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co Ltd, London and renamed "Roda". In September 1932 she was sold for scrapping and was finally broken up in Egypt in 1933. (Information from "Ships with New Zealand Associations, Union steam Ships 1884 - 1925" by Rex Hardy.)
- Opawa 1886 sailing ship. Built in 1876,1076 tons gross, she was operated by the NZ Shipping Co. between 1876 and 1899. Torpedoed in the North Sea 14 March 1917.
- ss Paparoa
- Parsee. The bow of the sailing ship "Parsee", showing a group of men on board. A figurehead is also visible.
The "Parsee" was built as Greenock in 1869. Prior to coming to NZ she traded between the Clyde and India. She first arrived in New Zealand on May 6 from Gravesend with 5 saloon passengers and 98 immigrants, landing at Auckland. She made three more trips to NZ, once in 1874, once in 1883, and again in 1891, landing each time at Port Chalmers. (Information from "White Wings", Vol 1, by Henry Brett.)
- Pleione 1886
- ss Pukaki
- Rakaia sailing ship
- Ranee barque under repair at Port Chalmers
- Rimutaka passenger ship ca 1900s NZ Shipping Co.
- ss Taniwha
- ss Talune
- Saint Lawrence Painting of the ship
- Southern Cross passenger ship
- Waitangi built in 1878 and was sailed by the NZ Shipping Co. 1878-1899. In 1899 she became the Agda (Norway). She was foundered 21 Jan. 1913
They do have a few paintings of paintings of New Zealand-bound immigrant ships. I list them below, along with their registration numbers. If you wish to order photographs of them or find out further information about the works, it will be useful to quote the registration numbers in any correspondence with Te Papa.
William Allsworth "The immigrants" 844 Oil on canvas 1992-0022-1
This painting shows the charter ship Slaines Castle which took the Mackay family to Nelson, NZ
William James Forster S. S. Rotokino, 2004 tons 1891 watercolour 1992-0035-1704
Thomas Robertson The full-rigged ship "Carabou" off the Otago Coast, Taieri Head on starboard quarter c.1867 oil on canvas 1996-0023-1
Other shipping related books with illustrations of NZ-bound immigrant vessels
I am eighty years old and somewhat,
But I give to God the praise
That they made a sailor of me
In the good old clipper days.
Then men loved ships like women
And going to sea was more
Than signing on as a deck hand,
And scrubbing a cabin floor,
Or chipping rust from iron,
And painting - and chipping again.
In the days of clipper sailing
The sea was the place of men.
You could spy our great ships running
White-clouded, tier upon tire;
You could hear their trampling thunder
As they leaned-to, racing near;
And it was "Heigho and ho, my lad!"
And we are "Outward bound."
And we sang full many a chantey
As we walked the capstan round.
Aye, we sand full many a chantey
As we drove through wind and wet,
To the music of five oceans,
That rings in memory yet!
Go, drive your dirty freighters
That fill the sky with reek -
But we - we took in the skysails
High as a mountain peak!
Go, fire your sweaty engines,
And watch your pistons run -
We had the winds to serve us,
The living winds, my son!
And we didn't need propellers
That kicked a mess about;
But we hauled away with chanteys,
Or we let the great sails out.
And I'm eighty years old and somewhat,
And I give to God the praise
That they made a sailor of me
In the good old clipper days.
Harry Kemp "Cassells Magazine"
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