Strait Crossing : The ferries of Cook Strait through time
by Victor Young
256 pages in 275 x 210 mm landscape format, most in colour, hardcovered.
For the first time, this book provides a record of every ship and vessel which has served as a public passenger or cargo ferry between Wellington and the South Island ports of Lyttelton, Picton and Nelson over the often stormy waters of Cook Strait since the late 19th century. It details every ship, even those which made only one voyage, and explores the experiences of travelling and working on them.
Profiles examine the ports, companies, onshore facilities, connecting boat trains, and the Wahine shipwreck.
Lavishly illustrated with many historic scenes, documents and attractive portraits of the ships, often in colour, this book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in New Zealand’s maritime heritage.
The author has, like his father before him, been a lifelong maritime enthusiast and photographer with an extensive archive of photos taken around New Zealand and abroad.
ISBN 978-1-877418-11-2 $69.90
Published 20 December 2009