Wanganella and the Australian Trans-Tasman Liners
This is the historical story of the ship liners that had operated across the Tasman region, beginning in 1879. There was fierce competition between the shipping companies, which included fare wars that caused one company to withdraw. The aftermath of World War I saw just one Huddart Packer liner crossing the Tasman, until the advent of the Wanganella in 1933. Other ships, including the Monowai and the stunning Awatea, also plied the Tasman trade. During World War II, these ships were co-opted to serve in various capacities. After the war, the Wanganella eventually returned to trans-Tasman crossing, but the advent of frequent air travel meant her days were also numbered. She finished her career as a workers' hostel in New Zealand. Illustrated throughout, this cataloguing of ships is presented by one of Australia's leading maritime historians - author Peter Plowman - who tells the story of these ship liners with his customary flair and attention to detail.
Publication Date: 4/1/2009