Vintage steamer TSS Earnslaw was pulled out of Lake Wakatipu today (Monday) for her last survey before her 100th birthday.
The ‘Lady of the Lake’ was pulled onto Queenstown’s Kelvin Grove slipway by the engine from her former sister ship, the 1868 paddle steamer Antrim.
“We started pulling her up and she was not quite trimmed right so we put her back in,” Earnslaw-Walter Peak manager Angus Small says.
“When ‘Twinny’ [skipper Graeme Moore-Carter] was happy with how she was looking, we pulled her up and she went really well.”
The tourist steamer, which celebrates its centenary in October, comes out of the water every two years for a full inspection and hull survey.
Small says her exterior will be repainted, her lower deck will be redecked, the starboard shaft will be pulled out for inspection, the engine will be overhauled, the upholstery will be redone and a crank-shaft will be taken out through a hole in the roof then repaired.
Earnslaw owner Real Journeys will ferry passengers to Walter Peak Farm on the Explorer until the ‘Lady of the Lake’ resumes service on June 30.