Overhaul ensures TSS Earnslaw's shipshape

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 05:00 15/05/2014
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GRANT BRYANT/ Fairfax NZ

HIGH AND DRY: Looking like a model in a spectacular diorama, Lake Wakatipu's TSS Earnslaw sits in a dry dock on the Kelvin Peninsula and will undergo scheduled yearly maintenance over the next nine weeks.

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Queenstown's 101-year-old "Lady of the Lake" the TSS Earnslaw has hit the slipway at Kelvin Grove for annual maintenance.

This year's survey will take nine weeks with sailings to Walter Peak due to start again on July 13.

While the TSS Earnslaw is out of the water two of Real Journeys original Fiordlander class boats will be taking visitors to Walter Peak.

Real Journeys chief executive officer Richard Lauder said dry dock work would focus on replacing two sections of the Earnslaw's hull plating, ribs and stringers that have been worn away over the years.

"Maintenance and the preservation of the TSS Earnslaw remains a continuous focus for Real Journeys so she can be experienced for another 100 years on Lake Wakatipu," he said.

"She may take a bit more effort than your average catamaran to maintain but she's certainly worth it."

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