Spirit of Queenstown makes it to Lake Wakatipu

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 23/08/2013
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Sir Clifford Skeggs speaks at the launch of the Spirit of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu.

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The Spirit of Queenstown was launched in the Southern Lakes District today.

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The multi million-dollar Spirit of Queenstown was lowered into Lake Wakatipu at Kingston today to make her way to her new base in Queenstown.

The 51-tonne, 150-seat Southern Discoveries catamaran needed extra gentle maneuvering into the water after it was discovered lake levels were lower than expected.

The task was accomplished by two large cranes.

The vessel arrived by transporter in Kingston yesterday after leaving Bluff on Tuesday, a little more than a week since leaving Brisbane. She crossed the Tasman Sea in three-and-a-half days.

Sir Clifford Skeggs, patriarch of the Skeggs family, who own Southern Discoveries, and an old hand at commissioning ship builds and international transports, was on hand to see the final stages of the homeward maiden voyage went smoothly, and was satisfied with the results. 

Southern Discoveries trips to Mt Nicholas aboard the Spirit of Queenstown will begin in November and will rival the classic Queenstown trip aboard the TSS Earnslaw run by Real Journeys.

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