MV Wairua And Skipper Sam, Whanganui, New Zealand

Built at Poplar London UK by Yarrow & Company, the Motor Vessel Wairua (Spirit) joined the famous Hatrick & Co Whanganui River Steamer fleet in November 1904 and was a pioneer of river travel above Pipiriki. The Motor Vessel Wairua has a unique form of propulsion that is known as tunnel drive or raised propeller boat. That is the propeller is located in a tunnel above the bottom of the vessel and the water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. A very

Built at Poplar London UK by Yarrow & Company, the Motor Vessel Wairua (Spirit) joined the famous Hatrick & Co Whanganui River Steamer fleet in November 1904 and was a pioneer of river travel above Pipiriki. The Motor Vessel Wairua has a unique form of propulsion that is known as tunnel drive or raised propeller boat. That is the propeller is located in a tunnel above the bottom of the vessel and the water is drawn up into this and then thrust out of the stern past the vessels rudders. A very early fore runner of today’s jet boats. This enabled the Motor Vessel Wairua to work in very shallow water. See more: www.visitwhanganui.nz/motor-vessel-wairua/ © Copyright Visit Whanganui 2016. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of this media in any form is prohibited other than the following: You may download content to a local hard disk for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge Visit Whanganui as the source of the material. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute, use for political purposes, or commercially use the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. If you are unsure about copyright and use, please contact us for clarification.