Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Help us to maintain this piece of history! Our 115 year old steam tug sails the Lyttelton Harbour during the summer months ⚓️


The tug is maintained and operated by fully qualified and competent Society members as well as by other members who have been able to gain experience in seafaring ways through their membership in the Society. Each year she has to undergo a very stringent survey by qualified surveyors to obtain the passenger certificate necessary for us to operate.

Finance for maintenance and running expenses amounts to many thousands of dollars each year and these are raised solely by the money received from various sponsoring organisations and charitable trusts, passenger fares and charter trips plus a small amount in membership subscriptions.

The Tug 'Lyttelton' Preservation Society promote public interest in the vessel and make it possible for passengers to travel on it by means of public cruises and chartered voyages around the Banks Peninsula area. Society members from all walks of life maintain and crew the Tug on a voluntary basis and membership of the society is open to anyone with an interest in the vessel.

We encourage members of the public to visit the vessel at Lyttelton, and to consider helping us to preserve and protect this fine old vessel so that it may be enjoyed by generations to come.

More about us

The Tug 'Lyttelton' Preservation Society is a non-profit organisation whose aims and objects are to restore and maintain the vintage steam Tug 'Lyttelton' in working order and to promote public interest in the vessel.

Use of funds

All funds raised will be used to help maintain this piece of history!

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Latest update

Tug update - August 2023  8 August 2023


What's happening on the tug?

Our team turns up each and every Thursday to look after our old girl and keep her in tip top condition. Unfortunately, when maintaining a 116 year old ship, you get to the point where it needs major maintance, and we are at this point.

Our boiler tubes need to be replaced before we can sail again.

This means we will not be sailing in 2023/2024 😥

The last time our 240 tubes were replaced was in the early 1980's, of course prices have gone up a little since then!

The replacement of the tubes, along with installing an electric pre-heater, which will not only reduce coal use and carbon emissions, it will also lower the work load on our sailing team and help extend the life of the boiler itself, will cost around $300,000. This will form part of a larger $1,500,000 planned refit which will ensure our one of a kind piece of global marine history is operational for many more years to come.

How can you help?

We are always keen for new members who can help our team on Thursday painting, varnishing and replacing decking.

We are also looking for sponsorship, both big and small, every bit counts!

Thanks in advance for your support

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Rose Marie
Rose Marie 3 days ago
Bev on 09 Aug 2023
Love seeing the Tug from our place.
Jacque on 08 Aug 2023
Sorry it can't be more. I remember having a valentines cruise on her with my husband about 20 years ago. Loved it
Camille on 08 Aug 2023
Barbara on 08 Aug 2023

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