Radio Officer Roger Wincer aboard Arahanga – ZMBN in January 1973. Photo: Le Cren. Archives New Zealand/Te Whare Tohu Tuhituhinga O Aotearoa [Archives Reference AAVK W3493, B21606]
Radio room aboard the inter-island freight ferry Arahanga, 11 March 1979. In the middle of the console, behind the operator’s arm, is a solid-state Marconi Apollo receiver. Courtesy Chris Underwood
Operating between Wellington and Picton, Arahanga was a New Zealand Railways freight ferry and the first to be crewed by NZ Railways staff. Previously, the Cook Strait ferries were operated by the Union Steam Ship Co.
Gross tonnage: 3914
Builder: Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Glasgow, Scotland
Entered service: 1972
Finished service: 2001
Read more about New Zealand’s rail ferries at nzmaritime.co.nz and kiwirail.co.nz.