The Oldest Wooden Merchant Ship Afloat.......

EdwinFoxpic.jpg (49658 bytes) The "Edwin Fox" is a historic East Indiaman built in Bengal in 1853.
She has survived in remarkably good condition owing to her stout
teak hull.

She is;
* The ninth oldest ship afloat in the world
* The oldest wooden merchant ship afloat
* The last surviving Crimea War troopship (1854)
* The last surviving convict ship to Australia (1858)
* The last surviving wooden immigrant ship to New Zealand (1873)

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Picton is easily accessible if you are taking the 'Inter Island' Ferry between the North and South islands. Likewise, Picton is but a 25 minute drive north from Blenheim and gives access to the Queen Charlotte Drive which winds its way from Picton to the Mussel Capital of New Zealand - Havelock.

The Edwin Fox Museum is a must view attraction. Conveniently situated near the Ferry parking area you can wander back in time and touch one of the most significant nautical treasures surviving.

There is a compact museum with many nautical artefacts and an enlightening 45 minute audio visual presentation detailing the history of this ship. It was interesting to note that once the museum was established various bits associated to the ship started to be be given to the museum by locals who had these items in cupboards and under the house!

From the display area you wander into the dry dock enclosure to examine the hull in closer detail.

Brent recently visited when he attended the nearby Classic Fighters Airshow.

 

Wander to the lower decks Look out over the main deck
Walk down into the dry dock and around this old hull Relive days of old within the upper areas of the hull Special effects bucket curtesy of Weta Studios Wellington!