This black & white photographic postcard was
issued by the Nautical Photo Agency of London N.W.1 and is marked in black
ink on the reverse, "RANGITIKI / NEW ZEALAND / 1929
• 16,700 tons." Clearly this is a
post Maiden Voyage photograph and was probably made long after 1929.
If I can establish an approximate date, I will post details here.
We're not sure when this picture was taken, but certainly before 1957.
The picture was bought by way of a NZ on-line auction site, and was
sold with the observation that the large two-funnel ship is the 'RANGITIKI.'
My initial view was that it could be any of the three 'Rangi
Boats', as the other shipping depicted could possibly be pre-WWII.
Others with greater knowledge than myself have opined that it is
probably a post-WWII photograph, and that it could possibly be the 'RANGITATA'
but not the 'RANGITANE' which was sunk by a German raider in 1940.
Until proven otherwise, it shall be the 'Tiki' in my heart.
The morré effect suggests that this was a
scanned copy of a postcard, not the original postcard ~ a little
13 June 2004
I looked at
The coloured postcard is
probably post war. There is a "modern" cargo ship on the
left of the photo (I enlarged the photograph in Photoshop).
The location looks like
Auckland because of the ferry, which was unique to Auckland.
Date is difficult.
The ferries were withdrawn when Auckland Harbour Bridge was
opened in the late 50s or early 60s and then put back into
service when the bridge could not cope with the traffic!
There is a preservation
that is trying to preserve the last remaining ferry, the