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

The iconic Lyttelton steam tug’s sailing days could be over if it does not find about $300,000 needed for a refit.  23 March 2024

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Latest donations

Jeanette 5 days ago
In memory of Jimmy Duncan, tug boat captain and deputy harbor master.
Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Wow Jeanette, thank you so much for your extremely generous offer and we are sorry to hear of your loss. We feel very honoured to receive this donation.

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Guest Donor on 14 Jun 2024
Read about the visit to the yard where this ship was built. I am an Aussie, living in Scotland and my Dad built boats in Scotland in his younger years. Wanted to help a bit.
Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Thank you so much!

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Deborah on 12 Jun 2024
Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Thank you for your donation, we really appreciate it!

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Annabel on 08 Jun 2024
Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Thank you so much for your generous donation!

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Nicole on 26 May 2024
Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Thank you so much Nicole!

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