1972 second Rangatira (9387 tons) entered service; Maori laid up
1974 Union Steam Ship Company withdrew from the Lyttelton–Wellington service; Rangatira chartered to the Ministry of Transport, Maori sold
September: Rangatira withdrawn from
2005Alexander the Great (the former Rangatira) scrapped in Turkey
What's in a name?
Between 1907 and 1976 the Lyttelton–Wellington route was served by two ships named Maori, two named Wahine and two named Rangatira, plus a solitary Hinemoa. These became household names within New Zealand, but how were they chosen? The Maori
recycled the name of an original member of the Union Steam Ship Company's fleet of 1875.
Her consort of 1913 took the name Wahine
(woman) to partner the (assumed male) Maori.
The next ship, the Rangatira, was
their ‘chief'. The Hinemoa was the ‘daughter' of the ferry family, and in a sense, she was since she used
the Rangatira's hull plans to speed
How to cite this page: 'Key dates - Lyttelton-Wellington ferries', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/lyttelton-wellington-ferries/milestones, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012