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, to 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.
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.