The vessels age and superb condition is truly remarkable but so too was her construction. The Earnslaw’s keel was laid at the beginning of July 1911 and by early November her hull was complete before every part of her was meticulously numbered and dismantled. The parts were then transported to Kingston where they were reassembled.
Spurred on by the discovery of gold in Arrowtown in 1862 activity on Lake Wakatipu became busy as it catered for the prospectors as well as a growing population.
Built at a cost of £21,000 the vessel weighs 330 tonnes and is 168 feet long (51m) with a beam of 24 feet (7.3m) and can accommodate 389 passengers. She has a crew of 11 and with 500hp steam machinery is still capable of attaining 13 knots
As well as having the distinction of carrying the Queen and Prince Philip in 1990 she has also starred in an Indiana Jones production called the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.