Category Archives: News

Rangitane & Rangitiki passenger lists added

Two new passenger lists have just been added as new pages on this site.

(1) Rangitane, from Wellington on 20th February, 1954

(2) Rangitiki, from London on 16th March, 1962

More to come, please check back again, and please help by supporting my fund raising for Cancer Research. Any donation will help, from £2 upwards. Donations can be made anonymously if you wish. Just click on the NZSC flag on the right.

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

As featured in “Who Do You Think You Are?” magazine

WhoDoYouThinkYouAre-Sep2015This Blog is featured in the “Write In” section of the September 2015 edition of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine* (page 9). If you are reading this after reading the magazine, please let me know by commenting below. And don’t forget that you can make a small donation to Cancer Research by visiting my “Just Giving” page.

I still have many passenger lists to add, but it is a very slow process as many of the copies I have are not suited to scanning and OCR (optical character recognition) software. Each name has to be typed in and then carefully checked before publishing here.

If you have any interesting stories, photographs, or other ephemera to do with the New Zealand Shipping Company, please get in touch. I would love to include your memories here.

*To find out more about the magazine, please visit their website by clicking here.

A new home for NZSC records

David-Ransom-(NZSC)Welcome to my New Zealand Shipping Company research Blog. I hope that the photographs and Passenger Lists included on this site will contain information that helps with your research, whether that is genealogy or history.

My New Zealand Shipping Company records have been uploaded to a paid website for the last few years. The site works well, but the problem is that I have to pay for hosting each year. If I stop paying for hosting, for any reason at all, then all the records will be lost to future genealogy researchers. That worried me.

I have spent many hours typing out the names from the passenger lists so that they become searchable. I have also used OCR software, and then carefully corrected any errors that I see. I didn’t want all the work to be wasted in the future. I know how exciting it can be to find a relative on a record, and thanks to the family history programmes on television, the hobby of family history research is growing fast. I hope that you will find something on this site.

It will take a while to add all the records, so please be patient. If you can help by adding your own information, please contact me through this Blog.

My main interest is the history of Pitcairn Island, but as a progression from that, I have become interested in the New Zealand Shipping Company (NZSC). I started collecting postcards of the ships that called at Pitcairn Island from the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, and I expanded into other memorabilia including Passenger Lists. It seems a shame to keep all this information to myself, so I thought I would share it on the internet, and by using a free Blog, the people at WordPress assure me that the information will be available to researchers well into the future.

The NZSC provided a very important lifeline for the Pitcairn Islanders, keeping them in contact with the outside world in the days before they had radio. In return, the Island provided a welcome break in the long journey from Panama to New Zealand through the vast Pacific Ocean. Islanders traded fresh fruit and curios for food and clothing.

It is my hope that in exchange for viewing this collection, you will make a small donation to Cancer Research. Any donation will help. Simply click on the “Just Giving” button shown on the right hand side of any page.

Please use the above clickable menu to visit the other pages on this site.

David Ransom
West Sussex, UK