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Picton, NZ

The Edwin Fox is the world's ninth-oldest sailing vessel and was built in India in 1853, as a trader.

She was the last of her type and was constructed exclusively of teak and saul timber in just 9 months and was to a British businessman who named her Edwin Fox.

During the Crimean War she reputedly carried Florence Nightingale and following that campaign sailed for the southern oceans. Her duties included sailing convicts to Western Australia and ale from England to India.

In 1873 the Edwin Fox was chartered by Shaw Savill Company to carry immigrants to New Zealand from England. She was to make four voyages carrying 751 passengers to the new colony.

Steamships killed off the Edwin Fox's economic usefulness and she was towed to Picton in 1897 where she ended her days as a floating freezer and coal hulk.

In 1965 the Edwin Fox society was formed to save the vessel although it wasn't until 1999 that she was given a new home in a dry dock at Picton.

The Edwin Fox Museum is a fascinating place to visit with displays of many of the items found on her during the restoration.

The museum is open Daily at 9am on the Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore.

Ph: 64 (0)3 573 6868 Email: edwinfoxsoc@xtra.co.nz.

Coastal Rail Service from Picton to Christchurch
Interislander Ferry from Picton to Wellington


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