NZSC flagA group of Christchurch businessmen founded NZSC in 1873. The company gradually established a fleet of vessels, using Māori names for each. From 1875 the livery consisted of black hulls, white superstructure and yellow funnels.[3]

In 1882, the company’s ships were equipped with refrigeration and a frozen meat service began from New Zealand to England.

After losses in the Second World War there were several ships built in the 40s, 50s and 60s including the ones I sailed on.