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This story of the liners operating across the Tasman from 1879. There was fierce competition between the competing shipping companies, fare wars which caused one company to withdraw. The aftermath of World War I saw just one Huddart Packer liner crossing the Tasman until the advent of Wanganella in 1933. Other ships included the Monowai and then the stunning Awatea also plied the Tasman trade. World War II meant these ships were co-opted to serve in various capacities. After the war Wanganella eventually returned to trans-Tasman crossing, but the advent of frequent air travel meant her days were numbered. She finished her career as a workers hostel in New Zealand. Peter tells the story of these liners with his customary flair and attention to detail. Illustrated with contemporary photographs.
Peter Plowman is a noted maritime researcher and writer, having had five books published in Australia over the past twenty years. His first books detailed the history of Australian and New Zealand Passenger Ships from 1875 to 1980.