Steam Shipping Company, Town side of ferry terminal, Picton 7220, Marlborough Region, New Zealand 

The Queen Charlotte Steam Ship Company offers Picton Harbour Tours on the beautiful steam powered ship, the Duke of Marlborough giving the Picton visitor a taste of the Marlborough Sounds and the peace of a bygone era.

The 36’ steam vessel, the Duke of Marlborough was built in 1987 by Gordon Clark and Brian Starrock in New Plymouth and shipped to Rotorua for completion by Lloyd Lewis. The design is by Bruce Askew of Wellington and it follows the style of the early 1900 steam boats. The boat is now owned and operated by the Queen Charlotte Steam Ship Company here in Picton, having been lovingly refitted by Roger Frazer of Whatamongo Bay.

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