NZ Historic Ships
A database of historic New Zealand Ships and Boats

Waimarie (Good fortune)
1900 by Yarrow & Co, Poplar, London. Re-assembled by David Murray & Co, Wanganui
Original owners
Wanganui Settlers River Steamship Co
Present owners
The Whanganui Riverboat Restoration and Navigation Trust
Steam, side-wheeler, two diagonal coupled engines 20HP and 85HP. Coal-fired water-tube boiler
80.23 gross
L 100.5ft/30.62m; B 16ft/4.88m; D 1.5ft/0.46m
Hull, galvanised steel; deck, wood; deck houses, wood with steel frames
Original use
General cargo and passengers - riverboat
Present use
Museum; passenger carrying excursions
Contact Details
Contact name David McDermid
Address The Whanganui Riverboat Restoration & Navigation Trust, 1A Taupo Quay, Wanganui
Web site

Telephone 64 (0)6 347 1863 Fax  
Mobile   E-mail riverboatswanganui@


First ship registered in Wellington port. Last paddle steamer to operate in New Zealand, in service 1900 - 1949. Sank at berth during river flood 1952, raised for restoration 1993. Returned to service 1999. New all-welded boiler constructed to the original plans and specifications.

Conversion factors Feet = Metres x 3.281
Metres = Feet ÷ 0.3048



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