Excerpt from Steam in the Southern Pacific: The Story of Merchant Steam Navigation in the Australasian Coastal and Intercolonial Trades, and on the Ocean Lines of the Southern Pacific
In the collection of information and photographs I have been generously assisted by the Steamship Companies of Australasia, the New Zealand Postal Department, and the various State Navigation Departments; by ship masters who commanded the old-time steam packets, by gentlemen formerly associated with the by-gone steam ship lines and by many who find real pleasure in the treasuring of pictures of ships and the stories of their do ings; to all these I tender my sincere thanks, and take this opportunity Of explaining that limitations of space prevent my including many personal reminiscences as fully as I would wish.
In those chapters dealing with Australian coastal steam ers, great assistance has been rendered by Captain W. 0. Thomson of the Arawatta, who furnished notes set down and handed to him by the late Mr. Dugal Robinson, one time ship's carpenter, who spent a life-time in the Aus tralian coastal trade; in the New Zealand section, valu able assistance in searching records and procuring photo graphs has been given by Mr. F. G. Layton.
As merchant steamships only are treated of, it is per haps advisable to mention that, whereas the first steamer to arrive in Australian waters, the Sophia Jane, was a merchantman, e.m. Steam' sloop Driver was the first steam vessel to arrive in New Zealand. This she did in January, 1846, more than seven years before the trader Ann.
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