The Ed­win Fox Ship and Vis­i­tor Cen­tre

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The Ed­win Fox Ship and vis­i­tor Cen­tre is one of New Zealand’s best kept se­crets. Sit­u­ated in beau­ti­ful Pic­ton in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds re­gion it is not to be over­looked.

The tales of its ad­ven­tures are cap­ti­vat­ing. It is the last con­vict ship that took con­victs to Aus­tralia and the last wooden im­mi­grant ship to bring im­mi­grants to New Zealand left in the world. The ship also op­er­ated as a troop car­rier be­tween Eng­land and In­dia and the Crimea .The Ship came to be in Pic­ton in the late 1800’s as a pi­o­neer­ing re­frig­er­a­tion ves­sel for the lamb in­dus­try.

The story of the sav­ing of the ves­sel are also as cap­ti­vat­ing, bought for a shilling in 1965 by the newly formed so­ci­ety to save her from a wa­tery grave. She now proudly sits along­side the In­ter­is­lander ferry ter­mi­nal in dry dock in per­pe­tu­ity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.

Step on board the ship and ex­plore this very spe­cial piece of New Zealand’s her­itage, visit the dry dock and vis­i­tor cen­tre with orig­i­nal art­works of the ship.

This is a great all weather fam­ily friendly ac­tiv­ity open ev­ery day from 9 am.

03 5736868/ ed­win­fox­soc@xtra. www.ed­win­fox­so­ci­ 1 Auk­land st, Dun­bar Wharf, Pic­ton/ see Tripad­vi­sor and Face­book.

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