18 Oct 2012

TSS Earnslaw

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:21 pm on 18 October 2012

One hundred years ago, the Lady of the Lake, the TSS Earnslaw steamed across Lake Wakatipu from Kingston to Queenstown for the first time. Passengers were unimpressed with the standard of vessel plying Lake Wakatipu and the amount charged. So the service was taken over by New Zealand Railways and a grand, high class steamer was ordered. Jimmy Alcorn came from a long line of shipbuilders in Scotland and the North of England. He was given the job of Shipwright and foreman builder on the Earnslaw. Jim Sands is Jimmy Alcorn's grandson and is going on a centenary cruise.