Belching Bertha

A cruise around the pristine Lake Wakatipu in the pure, clear air of the Southern Alps aboard the coal-burning, fume-spewing TSS Earlshaw.

She’s a lovely old railway steamer with twin triple-expansion steam engines powered by a pair of manually-stoked coal-fired boilers. The engines are fairly advanced for their era, with jet condenser steam scavenging.

Built in Dunedin in 1912, then dismantled and over landed to a Queenstown, she’s been belching filth into the clean air for over a century.

She has her original steam capstan and winch.

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