SS Rangitoto arrives in New Zealand
The SS Rangitoto arrived in Wellington on 21 June 1950 carrying 420 fare paying passengers and two stowaways.
The passenger list for the voyage reveals that S. Sneddon and D. Hickson travelled here from London free of charge, but history doesn’t tell what happened to them when they were caught. The SS Rangitoto was built by Vickers-Armstrong of Newcastle in 1949, at 21,800 gross tons. She plied the route from London to New Zealand many times thereafter. In 1969, she became the "Oriental Carnaval", and was broken up in 1976.
Shown here is the newly arrived SS Rangitoto at the wharf, its passengers gaining their first view of New Zealand.
This image comes from the NZ Railways Series 6390, a large mixture of black and white glass plate negatives, safety film negatives, and black and white prints stored in glassine bags.
AAVK 6390 W3493/176 B233
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By Archives New Zealand on 2020-06-02 10:53:55