Cars loading onto Cook Strait ferry

On the early Cook Strait ferries, passengers’ cars were driven up side ramps, while rail wagons went through the stern doors.

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Peter Mackey

Posted: 19 Mar 2010

I served in the GMV Aramoana as an ordinary seaman in the 60s when she was new. I then went back in the early 80s as Astt/Purser in the GMVAratika, and did a relief run in the GMV Aranui during her rather rough voyage when the Pacific Charger ran on the rocks at Pencarrow. We were at sea for some 24 hrs due weather, had to give our cabins up for mothers and children, will never forget that voyage.