Photo by James Beech
Real Journeys co-founder Olive, Lady Hutchins cuts the
cake to celebrate the 101st birthday of TSS Earnslaw, during a
special return cruise on Frankton Arm for almost 200 guests
from Queenstown and Arrowtown primary schools and Ripponburn
Hospital & Home, Cromwell, yesterday.
Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder told passengers
the Dunedin-built ''Lady of the Lake'' will be kept in
service for another century, helped by another eight-week
slipway survey next winter.
The Earnslaw travels 40,000km over 3500 hours on the lake
Mr Lauder said the only coal-fired passenger-carrying
steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere will
soon be ferrying passengers to a refurbished Colonel's
Homestead at Walter Peak Station, with new gourmet barbecue
and morning or afternoon tea menus, from December 1.