Hi Bob and the others on this thread. While browsing your comments on N.Z. coastal shipping. I remembered my good old shipmate and friend of nearly fifty years sent me a DVD on the subject.Yes Bob , the NZ coastal shipping was very active while I was at sea in the 1950's . The Northern steam ship co, the Anchor line , the Holm shipping Co , the Wilson cement Carriers and others were busy up and down the coast .
There are a few records worth seeking , one is "The servants of the North" ,a history of the Northern Steamship Co . by Cliff Furness .
I have a copy borrowed years ago from my son, and it is full of historical account and photographs , some showing tidal and river berths that are now well gone due to erosion and silting.