Cruising the Kerikeri Inlet...
& Sue Lambourne's
Northern Steamship Co. Ltd.
Ph: 09 407 9229
Eliza Hobson" 30 ft steam
Come join us aboard
the "SS Eliza Hobson" 30ft steamboat
|"SS Eliza Hobson" was purpose built in 1996 as a steam
boat of the late 1800's incorporating all the best features of that
Certification: The vessel has an MSA certificate to carry 13 passengers plus 2 crew in extended limits East Cape to North Cape, including all other extended river limits areas. An inspection is carried out annually.
Bookings essential to ensure sailings.
ALL TRIPS DEPART / RETURN THE STONE STORE WHARF, KERIKERI
The Northern Steamship Company was established in 1881 by Captain McGregor and several other steamship owners. Over the period of 100 years the company owned in excess of 120 steamships serving most ports of the North Island. Steam vessels of our yesteryear had no electronic plotters or radar equipment, so skippers relied on the well-known dog bark to guide their ships into fog-bound estuaries.
Kerikeri Inlet has much to offer and
that is what prompted Alan and Sue Lambourne to bring their Northern
Steamship Company vessel to Kerikeri. It is now running Monday to Saturday
from the Stone Store Basin, by arrangement. The couple operated at the
Viaduct Basin in Auckland but the high cost of berthage prompted them to
relocate. The boat steamed from Warkworth to Kerikeri and is now doing
trips up and down the Kerikeri River. Alan estimates it is about 50 years
since a steam boat plied the Kerikeri River.
The "SS Eliza Hobson" was purpose built in 1996 as a replica of a late 1800's steam boat. The kauri and totara vessel has a vertical fire tube boiler and is currently burning waste supplied by Collins Bros Steam Sawmill. The Northern Steamship Company was established in 1881. The company owned more than 120 steamships, serving most ports of the North Island. - Chronicle Feb 2003
Over 6000 people have enjoyed this steam experience!
Read what some of our passengers have said:-
"Very special experience" Edmonton, Canada
"Smooth runner" Plymouth, United Kingdom
"A lovely reminder of bygone days" Kerikeri, New Zealand
"One of our highlights" Saltspring, Canada
"Slow & serene - a well oiled trip" Sydney, Australia
"A triumph of marine engineering & old world charm" Buxton, United Kingdom
"Oh for the old days & personal attention" Pukekohe, New Zealand