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By GUY WILLIAMS

The TSS Earnslaw was guided on to the slipway at Queenstown’s Kelvin Heights for the vintage steamship’s annual once-over last Tuesday.

The Real Journeys-owned, 330-tonne vessel was winched up by a steam engine originally in service on Lake Wakatipu in the paddle steamer, Antrim.

RJ’s comms manager Tsehai Tiffin says a team of up to 20 staff and contractors are now working on the 108-year-old steamship, dismantling her twin engines for inspection and
maintenance, carrying out routine hull-strengthening work and installing two new rescue craft.

She’ll return to service on June 26.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz