Comments for the year 2003
Email / Date
I am searching for information about my father who
was a sailor from Holland and was returning from Holland to New
Zealand in 1973 to Live. Unfortunately I do not have much
from his name being Sjaak Van
Dyke from Rotterdam Holland. If anyone would know where I could find
information about how to go about my search it would be greatly
appreciated. Helen Dickson
4 / 01 / 03
My name is Bruce Hurst, I joined the New Zealand
Shipping co in January of 1957 & sailed as 11th engineer on RMS
Rangitata. I did voyage's 78 & 79 on her, next i went to mv Durham
as 6th engineer this is the voyage she broke both main engine
crankshafts & put into Galveston Texas for repairs
we spent 6 months in Galveston, the Haperangi came in & got our
cargo & took it on to NZ after repairs we loaded new cargo on
the east coast of the US & on to Australia I did a couple more
voyages on Durham & then to Huntington & Hertford &
coasted Hinakura. These were all great ships & I had been
wondering what happened to them when I came across your web page. I
suppose NZSC is no more, taken over by P&O then dropped the
name. Is all the Lamb & produce from NZ Exported by air or are
there still refrigerated ships being used ? Bruce
Editor Meat is shipped in 20ft or 40ft refrigerated
containers, these specialised
shipping containers can have there temperatures set
at minus 28 to carry ice cream or minus 18 for meat or minus 6 for chilled meat or plus 4 for
vegetables or chocolate. Meat
does go air freight and its usually associated with pre cut packs for hotel trade
24 / 01 / 03
I was on the M V Norfolk as a J.O.S. Around 1955 and I was hoping that you may know what
happened to her since then. G. Mair.
My late father, Charles (Charlie) Osborne, served on
the M.V.Orari during World War 2
from 1940 to 1945. I am trying to trace the history of the Orari
between those dates. I know she was torpedoed twice and was one of
the ships in the Malta Convoy of July 1942.
Can anyone give
me any information on the above
actions/events or any others. I would also like to make contact with
any crewmembers who may have served with my father. Regards Stuart
Peter Smart -Cadet Captain MV Otaio around the 1972
mark! Served and still in contact
with Charlie Payne, Andy Coxon-Smith, Paul Clarke.
We all served as Navigating Officer Cadets from September 1970 until
around 1972/3. Lots of stories to
exchange and catch up on. Get in
Thinking of organising a reunion???
Peter Smart / Charlie Payne
Dont forget s.s. Derby, running Isle of Grain- Mina
al a Manie, Kuwait 1962...ish
hi everyone. i
trained on the TS Indefatigable in North Wales during 1962, and then
applied to sail with the Blue Funnel line, but was transferred to
NZSc. I sailed on Piako in
1962, a ship that I grew to love. Our first trip was down to
Montevedeo South America, where usually
only Blue Star boats were seen. Did any anyone sail on this trip,
when President Kennedy was assassinated. My name was Steve Polhill,
Liverpool. Get back to me if you did, or know anyone who did, it
would be great to hear from you.
Ps. i now have a cruiser, 26ft, who is lovingly also called Piako!
get back to me. thank you so much. Steve Polhill
Hello, what a superb site just found it by trawling.
I was a Junior Engineer in P&O GCD days and have many happy
memories of NZSCo's ships. Cumberland, Sussex, westmorland and Wild
Auk. I would be happy to to find some old shipmates from the period
1974 to 1982 when I transferred
to P&O Ferries on the Channel run. Philip Shackleton.
03 / 03 / 03
There was another war replacement H-boat, the
Hauraki, sister to the rest
05 / 03 / 03
Hi, both my Grandfather, Billy Buckland (donkeyman)
and my Father Frank Buckland (chief electrician) sailed with the
NZSC many moons ago, would love to hear from anyone who remembers
05 / 03 / 03
SS Horarata : My Grandfather - Stanly Haines Edwards
came out to NZ on the SS Horarata - Left Southhampton July 16th 1925
on the vessell Horarata. Arrived Wellington August 18th 1925. Does anyone have any details/photo's/passenger
lists. Mark O'Connor
16 / 03 / 04
My family emigrated to New Zealand aboard MV Tekoa
in 1972. We left the UK for Auckland with all our belongings on
board, including the car and cat....
Memories include me winning the ship's dominoes
contest, continuous playing of Bridge over Troubled Water in the
wardroom, my 9th birthday in Curacao and being stopped shortly after
leaving the canal with a shot across the bows by a Paraguay
gun-boat! I think the next day, we were marooned at sea with a
cracked main engine liner.
safe and sound in the middle of
March, only to end up returning to the UK on the SS Oriana later in
Does anyone remember this particular trip? The
family name is Lewis and members were Alan, Esme, Paul and Wendy.
20 / 03 / 04
Above website has some interesting NZSCo information and photos. Len
24 / 03 / 03
Kenneth Stewart 1888-1962; originated from the Isle
of Lewis, Scotland, but spent
almost all his life (from pre WW1) at sea, mostly as Boatswain, NZSCo, certainly
pre WW2 until 1953 approx. I am
trying to trace any information about my grandfather or anyone who served with him (I know of him on the
Sussex in '43 and the Rangitoto '54), also my uncle, his late son, Donald
Angus 'D A' Stewart (known to have served
on the Empire Windrush, mid 50s; NZSCo 1950s to 80s approx). They are both
long in their graves now but I would be eternally indebted for any information received. I
would also like to know if the employee records still exist and if
they are accessible? Regards,
Ken Stewart, London
24 / 03 / 03
I was second electrician on mv Hinakra for three
voyages during 1962-1963 i am sure she was built in 1956 and
scrapped in early 1980's ( i was living in Durban South Africa
during this time and remember seeing her taking bunkers on her
voyage to the middle for scrap ) i also did one voyage on mv Otaki
and a delivery voyage to New Zealand of the mv Whakatane (renamed
wiaraki) to the union steamship co. regards Norrie Cumming
25 / 03 / 03
I have been looking for the Passenger List for the
SS Rimutaka II that off loaded passengers to
Queensland Australia on its was to New Zealand during 1914,
apparently my Grandmother said that this ship was chased by a uboat
around the top of Australia, does anyone have anymore
information regarding this information, thanking you,
01 / 04 / 03
My Grandparents emigrated to Argentina immediately
after their marriage in 1911. My mother, their daughter was born in
Argentina (Huinca Renanco) in June 1912. They decided to return to
England and sailed aboard the R.M.S. Paparoa, captained by Commander
I have the original 'Passenger List' (Third Saloon)
detailing all the passengers who sailed from Montevideo on July 26
My mother who was just over 3 years old at the time
recalled the Captain being very taken with her as, according to my
grandmother, she reminded Bower of his own daughter of similar age.
Seemingly my mother accompanied the Captain on his tours of
inspection of the ship hand in hand. The only place she was kept
from was the engine room.
As a memento of the trip Bower gave her an expensive
porcelain headed doll he had bought for his daughter. This was kept
until, as happens, my mother in the 1940's let a friends child play
with it. The doll
is now no more!
I came across this site in a moment of doodling and
was fascinated to read the history of the Company. But whilst
Paparoa is mentioned it does appear to be a second 'version' of the
original. Can anyone enlighten me as to what became of the first
R.M.S. Paparoa? What port within the UK would it have sailed into?
Does anyone alive today recall the Master's name and reputation?
I should be enthralled to receive any news or
information, photographs etc
02 / 04 / 03
How surprising and interesting to find this FSNC
& NZSC domain - reading through the various contributions
brought back a lot of nostalgic memories. Congratulations on your
fine effort to date.
Born and bred in Liverpool, I was recruited from Grayson Rollo &
Clover Docks, Birkenhead and signed on as Junior Engineer on the s.s.
CORNWALL (OFF.No. 145038) on 13th April 1948.
The fully refrigerated 'CORNWALL', with crew cabins opening to an
outer deck, and of course no air-con, had five Scotch boilers,
turbines, steam driven fridge compressors and all- steam deck
After spending the usual four/five months on the NZ coast (wonderful
place with delightful memories) we were loading frozen cargo in our
final port (Windy Wellington) when fuel oil inadvertently found its
way into the on-line boiler.
Despite frantic efforts, we finally had to sail with four working
boilers on a 49 day 'slow boat' to London, arriving early November
We paid off in Cardiff on 19th November - a skeleton crew were left
on board (including myself) until March 1949 (rough cider was cheap,
so we managed to scrape by !)
'CORNWALL', which I understand had survived bombing during the war,
was finally taken to the breakers yard - so ended my first voyage
and the unexpected last voyage of a fine vessel.
That experience eventually led to some tough questions from the
examiner when up for 2nds Steam (on good advice, I had the foresight
to swat up 'oil in boilers')
My connection continued with NZSC on the steam turbine ships 'PAPANUI'
and 'PAPAROA' - but that is another story. Kind
regards, Ken Sayer, 5th May 2003
05 / 05 / 03
Thanks for your reply.
My wish is to help up date the NZSCo page. I was radio officer in
the "Cornwall", not listed , because it was the old
Cornwall, built 1926, and then in the "Orari", also not
listed, I cant think why. I have good photos of both these ships
sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, circa 1946. Since I do not
possess a scanner, would be happy to send colour prints to your
nominated address. Alistair J Maskelyne
06 / 05 / 03
Dear Sir, I
enclose a photo of the M.V. Hauraki taken at Bluff NZ in February
1963 at the opening of the new conveyor system and cold house,
Hauraki is dressed overall as the first ship to use this new system. I was a engineer on Hauraki at the time. Best Wishes to all John
Randles. Also a picture of the
Sutcliffe family I used to stay with in Torbay Auckland
Editor: When I get some time
will put photo up asap
06 / 05 / 03
Hi all, I am trying to find information and
particularly passenger lists for the SS Ruahine on which my
Grandfather sailed to NZ around 1928/29. If anyone can help me in
this it would be much appreciated. Cheers, Elizabeth Passuello.
07 / 05 / 03
I am hoping that somebody knows the answer to this
question: the 1929 Rangi boats (Rangitane, Rangitiki, Rangitata) all
have 2 funnels. They were identical design and were diesel powered.
In every photo I have seen of these ships, only the aft funnel is
showing smoke and on a recently acquired plan, the engine room is
shown directly under the aft funnel. Does this mean that the forward
funnel was only cosmetic? I recall that Titanic only needed 3
funnels and a 4th was added to make her look more powerful. I
hope that you can incl Trevor Bell
08 / 05 / 03
I would like confirmation about Charles and
Elizabeth Cutts along with 8 of there
children were passengers on board the Hororata which sailed from England and arrived in New Zealand
10-04-1926 lots of thanks ali Alison Toopi
11 / 05 / 03
Before and during the early part of the
war my father was an engineer on the KIAMATA and the HORORATA,
I may have misunderstood the heading on the box two above,
as it shows that the Hororata was built 1942 which could not be correct, i would think around the 1920's
maybe. regards Peter Loydstrom
16 / 05 / 03
I'm looking for anyone who worked on MV
Sussex 1950-53 Christopher Welsby
19 / 05 / 03
Name is Steve Moorcroft. I joined P and
O GCD in 1973 until 1977 and during that time worked on the Cumberland
and the Wild Auk as Assistant Eng and 4th Eng, plus another
couple of old ex Strick Line boats. Names
of engineers that I remember I sailed with: Keith Webb, Grant Wallace, Andy Monk, Dave Kear, Graham
Sayer, George Jacklin, plus a kiwi
called Ticker Tock. Also some
deck officers, Keith Thomas and Andy Coxon Smith. Would
be great to hear from anyone who may remember me. Steve
24 / 05 / 03
Dear Jeffrey, In replying by e-mail to Peter
Loydstrom regarding the "HORORATA", I realised I'd
mentioned things that may be of
interest to others: "Two HORORATAS on the photos page,
1913-1942 & 1942-1967.
Don't know what happened to the first one, but it would be
about 29 in 1942(suspect scotch boilers/turbines) so would
be puffing a bit by then. Of course, it may have been
lost through enemy action, as so many fine vessels were,
sadly, along with their stalwart crews.
Met the second one a few times on the NZ coast, in
fact think we had a lifeboat race
against her deck officers in
Lyttleton, or some such port. We "PAPANUI" engineers,
sponsored by our Captain, Hamish Lawson, were wont to challenge
any company vessel in the same port - as was often
the case, we won, promptly 'dunking' our cox and Chief
Officer, "Dazzler" Saunders."
Losers bought the 'grog' - nostalgic memories, often wonder what happened to all those
'mates', in particular our Aussie
engineer trio (all members of our lifeboat crew) Syd Thomas, Ben
Bolt and Jack Taylor - brown shoes, brown hats, threepenny bits and 'bastards' !! Regards to all, Ken Sayer
28 / 05 / 03
SAMKEY - Again. Further
to my post 29.12.02. Try the Google search engine and type in motor vessel samkey. You get into the
I'm not going there.
Re: 08.05.03 the Rangitata forward funnel, that was
a dummy and housed the radio
Re: The Titantic fourth funnel was a dummy used for storing
deck chairs and probably housed other equipment. Well
these dummy funnels did give the ships of the day a
more impressive look.
Re the Samkey. As with most articles on the Internet you have to take them with a pinch of salt and do
your own research.
For what it is worth I hope I have given someone the
incentive to clarify the true
history. Mike Parker
Editor: Went and
read the article on the Bermuda Triangle very very interesting and
passed on its details to the editors of the Australiasian UFO
magazine. Who told me there were two USA Navy destroyers that
disappeared in the late 1920's off Venezuela only to reappear
moments later in 1969. They were refitted with modern gyroscopes
(USA Scientists having pioneered much of this work in the
"Philadelphia Experiment " in 1942) they then sent both
ships back to 1929 (the movie "Final Countdown" was based
on this actual story however the producers of the movie set the
story in the Pacific using an aircraft carrier called the Nimitz)
28 / 05 / 03
Mr Jeffrey Shaw. Thank
you for putting me on line with the New Zealand Shipping CO.
Comments, i was on M.V. Ruahine from 1953 to 1956, and when i saw
you had the on comments line,
thought it would be a good to see if i could contact any
one who sailed during that period, i was the ships plumber thank
you Bob Mc Mahon.
03 / 06 / 03
Does anyone have a New
Zealand Shipping Company blazer badge, as worn by us cadets circa
1966 -1970, on our blue blazers (part of shoreside uniform). I took
mine off when I went shoreside, and can't find it. It's just that
I'm going to New Zealand to meet an ex-fiance, in the next couple of
months, and wanted to impress!!!!!!
10 / 06 / 03
Hi, just a stab in the dark but my GG Grandparents
arrived in Canada in 1883 on the SS Dorset. I think this ship was
from New Zealand or Australia. The ship only made one trip to Canada
during the 1870's and 80'. I have
not been able to find any information on it it was 1715 tons. Do you know anything about it could you
direct me to someone who may?
Best regards and thank you in advance.
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
11 / 06 / 03
Ruahine - Built by William Denny & Brothers Ltd
in Dumbarton , Scotland , 1891 , 5975 gross tons; 430 (bp) feet long
; 50 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engine, single screw.
Service speed 131/2 knots.1096 passengers ( 58 FC , 38 SC , 10000 TC
) Built for NZ SC , 1891 ,
British Flag and named Ruahine. London-NZ-Service. Sold to
Compañía Transatlantica Line ,
Spanish Flag , in 1904 and re-named Antonio Lopez . Barcelona - NY -
Caribbean Service. Scrapped in
1946. Fernando Martin
13 / 06 / 03
Editor: Been on Holiday for 6
From end of June to mid Aug
Hi there, NZSCoers.
Giles Goldsbro (previously spelt Goldsbrough)
was aboard Rakaia in 61 to 63, Piako in 64, and Turakina 65 to 68.
Swallowed the proverbial anchor, and went ashore in Japan. Finally
managed to get out of the place in 1993 (couldn't read the sign for
"exit", could I), and am now catching up with old
shipmates I see Bam Pollard's name further up the list, and would love to
hear from him, and any other shipmates from Rakaia and Turakina days
particularly. My e-mail address is "email@example.com",
but physically based in Valencia in Spain. Cheers!
16 / 07 / 03
Rakaia was originally the "Empire
Windrush", and was probably built around 1943 or 1944.
16 / 07 / 03
Ted Ashworth here vessels
of New_Zealand Shipping:
MV 'Otaio' Port Reg. London. NZSCo
Official No: 187758
BHP: 12400 Engine: Twin 6 Cylinder Doxford
Constuction Date: Unknown
SS 'Kent' Port Reg. London. Trident Tankers.
Official No: 302543
BHP: Unknown Engine: Steam Turbine
Construction Date: Unknown
SS 'Lincoln' Port Reg. London. Trident Tankers.
Official No: 300819
BHP: Unknown Engine: Steam Turbine
Construction Date: Unknown
MV 'Huntingdon Port Reg: London. Federal Line.
Official No: 181898
BHP: 12800 Engine: Twin 6 Cylinder Doxford
Construction Date: Unknown
I sailed on these vessels as Engineer Cadet rising
to 3rd Engineer between 22 Oct 1959 and 16 July 1964. Details are
from my Discharge Book. Ted
17 / 07 / 03
I have a water colour of a ship flying the NZSCo
flag and the red duster, named KANNA. My Grandfather sailed on it
and I'm trying to find some detail. It was a cargo boat dating
perhaps 1890-1930, well decks fore and aft of the open bridge, red
and black funnel, hull colour black, upper deck white, 8000 tons approximately. I would appreciate any information you
could supply. Kind regards, Rex Brady Wellington NZ
19 / 07/ 03
I would like to have some information regarding the
Captain Hobson (previously the Amarpoora) and the voyage it took in
the 1950's transporting British Troops back from the middle east
after the Korean War. Thank you. Any information regarding where the
ship is now, whether it is scrapped or not, would be beneficial to
me, as my father was on that ship. thank you in advance.
12 / 08 / 03
My Grandad Jack Coalbran Sailed on many
NZ shipping vessels but the one of interest is the Hororata of which
he was awarded the ships ensign ( I think this is right i mean the
flag) during the second world war I know that that ship was
eventually sunk but I still have the Flag. I just thought you would
like to know.
14 / 08 / 03
From Neil Watson ex NZS crew member(2nd.
cook & bricklayer) )from around 1971-1982 would love to hear
from anybody who sailed with me on Haparangi 1971-72. The Old Man
was Captain (Willy) Dan, who sadly died in New Plym. other names
from that happy ship are D.E.Evans (wing commander) steward, Chris
Tester (ch,cook) Albert Mason (lampy) Alex Wight (ch.steward) also
sailed on m.v Tongariro, mv Cumberland, mv Essex ,all the 'wild
boats', and all the straths, the last being the Strathewe to the
Falklands before redundancy in 82. wonderful ships, wonderful
shipmates, wonderful time. love to hear from any kiwi runners who
knew me, Neil Watson
14 / 08 / 03
Around 1968-69 I served on the Rangitoto as an
engineer and can remember seeing a plate giving the year she was
built as 1948. She was soon to be sold To C Y Tung and become the
Oriental Carnival or Queen. Hope this helps. Brian
15 / 08 / 03
Neil Watson x nzsc/p&o chief cook-1970/1982
Haparangi, Cumberland, Essex, Tongariro, all the 'wild boats' and
all the Straths, looking for shipmates. Where are you Graham Hunt,
Wally jolly, (Tongaplonk) D.E. Evans (Haparangi Essex) and of
course, anyone else that knew me
16 / 08 / 03
I am in possession of a publication titled
"Ships in Focus - New Zealand and Federal Lines" written
by John Ckarkson & Roy Fenton, Published 1995 by John &
Marion Clarkson, 18 Franklands, Longton, Preston PR4 5PD.
This details the companies and their fleets since
1873 with photographs of many of the ships, commencing with the
first Tongariro in 1883.
A publication of 89 pages it is too large for me to
submit to the site but I would be prepared to provide extracts,
including photographs, on a progressive basis if you would like to
Editor: Love to
19/ 08 / 03
Correction to my previous posting: "RAKAIA"
was launched in 1945 as "EMPIRE ABERCORN", by Harland
& Wolff, Belfast, with GRT of 8563, length 457', and beam 63'.
Name changed to Rakaia in 1946, and she was scrapped in Hong Kong in
1971. These details courtesy of Mariners List (www.mariners-l.co.uk)
which contains a lot of interesting stuff. "EMPIRE WINDRUSH"
was a war prize, seized in Kiel in 1945, and then operated by NZSCo,
but under what name, I don't know. Giles Goldsbro
21 / 09 / 03
I am interested in knowing how long it took the MV
Rangitoto to travel from Southampton to Wellington in the 1950s. Was
it the fastest ship? If not what was and how long did it take it? I would be most grateful for any help on
this. Bernard Walton
27 / 08 / 03
Hi there, I was a 14 yr old passenger on the
Rangitoto in 1952. From Curacao to Southampton. Great ship. Am
writing an autobiographical novel, need some technical specs on the
Rangitoto. Eric Irausquin
27 / 08 / 03
My Great Aunt Beatrice CRINAGE suppposedly travelled
to emigrated from England to new Zealand in 1913 on a ship caled the
RUAHINE. If you have any
passenger lists for this voyage or details of the type of ship or a
photo I would much appreciate the information. Martyn Peart
29 / 08 / 03
My father Hugh Scott Munro was Chief Engineer with
New Zealand Shipping Company until 1983.He is retired and living in
Llysfaen, North Wales. If you would like to get in touch please send
me a message and I will pass it on. Finlay Munro
02 / 09 / 03
Steve O'Connell here - I was a Navigating Cadet on 'Otaio'
betweem October 1974 and July 1975. I shared a cabin with Bob Foster
and Rob? although people may remember us because we all decided to
grow beards. Anyone around that remembers the Cadet bar being built,
please get in contact
04 / 09 / 03
Andrew "Chris" Christie, Deck Cadet on
Otaio from '71 to '73, then transferred to Hinakura. It was
"The Days of the Great Upheaval" and on return to UK I was
banished to The Persian Gulf on a Strick ship and things were never
quite the same again.
I joined with Mitch Mitchell, Phil Bennet, Taffy
Jenkins, Mark Underwood, Neil McGovern and I think 2 others whose
names escape me. It would be good to hear from anyone who can
remember anything about those days .. Andrew "Chris"
21 / 09 / 03
Hi found your site by accident wow it sure brings
back the memories sailed on a lot of ships over a 9 year period but
the Rangatiki had to be the best done 2 trips between june 61 thru
feb 62 was first class waiter plus I had a couple of jacket jobs
Pursers steward fruit king and ice boy for the barmen will share
info and photos with anyone who was on the Tiki at the same time did
Kiwi about 8 times also sailed on shaw savill and blue star. Stan
22 / 09 / 03
Mr Shaw, having only just found this site I am very
pleased and greatful for all the work you put into it. I notice that
some of comments are "where are you" pleas, so here is
mine. I sailed on the Hinikura between Jan. 67. and Nov. 68.
Len Bruss was Chief steward, Harry
Ratcliff was the tiger, Peter
Bennett (me) eng, steward and
Peter Ceary was off, steward
I have found Harry and believe Len and Peter are
both in New Zealand. If your out there please get in touch. Regards
7 / 10 / 03
My name is Peter Bennett and I sailed with NZSCo
from Oct 1964 till June 1970.
The ships on which I sailed were:- Pipiriki 3 trips, Hurunui
4 trips, Hinakura 6 trips, Manapouri 1 trip, Mataura
1 trip, Tekoa 1 trip
All their history and in fact every ship from NZSCo.
and Federal Steam Nav Co. can be found in a book called SHIPS
IN FOCUS New Zealand And Federal Lines By
John Clarkson & Roy
Fenton ISBN 0 9521179 7 5
Some of the information given is quite remarkable ie
Built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd
Middlesborough 1920 9266 gt 470
ft Hurunui had no sisters in
either Federal fleet, for whom she was ordered, or that of the New
Zealand company. The two hatches on the bridge deck are an unusual
feature, and these were perpetuated in the design of subsequent
company ships. Hurunui was an early war loss, torpedoed by U-93 on
14th Oct 1940 in the Western Approaches whilst on a ballest passage
from Newcastle to New Zealand. All but two of her crew were rescued.
I hope this information is of some use to you and
you can use it to update your website.
Kind regards, Peter.
Editor: Appreciate your words, I don't have
much time to work on the vessel section, I really need someone else to
So if someone has the time and can lay it out in
excel spreadsheet and email as an attached file then I will set it
7 / 10 / 03
MV Rangitata info required please.
We sailed from Liverpool in March 1942 and arrived in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada on March 24, 1942. I was 3 years old and travelled
with my younger brother and our mother who was a Canadian war bride.
My Dad was in the RHLI infantry.
Would REALLY appreciate any photo of ship or contact with other
"offspring" of war brides who sailed on this ship. Thanks.
William M. Dukes
10 / 10 / 03
Greetings, and thank you for a quick
response. I was interested in getting information about the
Rangitata, as I came to NZ on her in 1961, when I was eight years
old. Southhampton to Wellington, via Panama Pitcairn. I think it was
her last voyage.? I would love to have a photo of the Rangitata...and
to know what all i can about her, for my research.. thanking you and
best wishes, Gus
p.s. we broke down near Pitcairn , and the captain was Capt Hocken...
28 / 10 / 03
Dear Jeffrey Shaw I do
not require my message regarding the S.S. Surrey and e-mail
address to be posted on your website. Therefore,
please would you delete it. Thank
you. Dorothy Richardson
30 / 10 / 03
Editor: Recently an email came in
seeking knowledge about whether there was a replacement for S.S.
Surrey NZ Shipping Lines, built 1919, lost 1942. I duly put the
request up and advised the contributor the request was now appearing
on the History of NZ Shipping. You wouldn't read about it but I
received a swift reply asking me to remove said email.
We get 1,500 emails a day, I do this
as a love job so that people can keep in touch. You don't have to be
Einstein to appreciate that the modern / contempory staff at New
Zealand Shipping wouldn't have a clue in respect to answering some
of your questions. That's why we have the History of NZ Shipping so
that questions of this nature can be answered by former staff or
those who have an affinity with the maritime industry.
The truth is out there, its a case of
finding the path of least resistance in order to find it, I thought
this page was such a path.
Yes I'm peeved off, I could have allocated my time to something else
namely my family.
30 / 10 / 03
Hello, I am trying to find a picture of the ship
Orari which was built in 1875. If you have any information on this
please let me know. Thank you very much. Shirley Hearn
1 / 11 / 03
Where can I find full information on RMS Aorangi
that was calling in to NZ ports late 20s early 30s? Sincerely Colin Townsend
3 /11 / 03
Simon Pickett, My
grandfather was captain of the SS Pipiriki in the early 1920s and
held prisoner of war along with the ship and crew in a civilian war
camp during the first world war. The Pipiriki i believe was formerly
called Lippe and was German, can you confirm this . I have Photos
and the ships log book showing deliveries of cargo to Australia, New
York, etc etc I would be interested to hear about the ships history
from their onwards. My grandfather was William Hicks.
4 /11 / 03
I was on the Steamship Hororata on its final voyage
- they called it 'The Last of the
Yellow Funnels'. Item fo'r'd was as straight as a Gillette blade.
Firstly, the ship was steeped in
history; on its maiden voyage it was torpedoed in the Azores. I
actually looked at the ship when the ship was divided
into 'Gunners' 'Horse men'.
But, this voyage was no ordinary
adventure! we had TV cameras recording our voyage
to Deep Sound (Yes I have some wonderful photos of literally 6 ft fish) and would love tell all about the
Wanganella (Including that book which
unfortunately I have destroyed.
As Second Electrician, my first voyage to NZ was via the States on
the Cornwall. I
have sailed on the Rangitoto (have that doll plus a Rang tea towel.
Having already written books, I plan to
computerize all my memoirs (+20 volumes
+ family history), I would be interested in working on my MN adventures
am seriously thinking of doing this phase of my life. Any
Editor: Just like I did with Ailsa I will do the same for
5 / 11 / 03
I am looking for information as to when the
Rangitata had the Doxford engines fitted? I am quite sure she was
built with Sulzer engines. Also
can anyone tell me where the following ships where scrapped.
Rangitata, Haparangi, Cumberland, Nottingham. Thanks, Bill Nadin.
17 / 11 / 03
My father Christopher Welsby was a refrigeration
engineer on MV Sussex between 1954 and 1955. He
is still alive and wants to discover any available records.
He could possibly give the feedback you are seeking?
Please contact me if you are able to
help or if we can help you in any way. Mark
Editor: The History of New Zealand Shipping is a legacy about
New Zealand and the birth of a great nation. Its for everyone to
contribute and share. My role is
simply to put up the information sure I can get one of the staff to
put it up but its not the same, it's all about love and the passion
that you get when you read the stories.
01 / 12 / 03
ss PAPANUI built 1943 by A.Stephen &
Sons,Glasgow,sold 1965,scrapped 1965.
mv WHAKATANE built 1954 by A.Stephen & Sons,Glasgow,sold
mv PIAKO built 1962 by A.Stephen & Sons,Glasgow,sold
1969,scrapped 1984.9986 g.t.,5552 n.t.single screw,refrigerated.
ss PAPAROA built 1943 by A.Stephen & Sons,Glasgow,sold and
ss PIPIRIKI 1944 by A.Stephen & Sons,Glasgow, scrapped1971 Alex Bennie
4 / 12 / 03
Some additional vessels all built by A.Stehen &
PIAKO s.s.,Launched as WAR ORESTES Built 1920 8283
G.T. Torpedoed and sunk 18.5.41
ORARI m.v. Built 1931 10107 G.T.Sold 1958 Scrapped 1971
OPAWA m.v. Built 1931 10107 G.T. Torpedoed and sunk 6.2.42.
KAIKOURA m.v,. Built 1937 1954 Transferred to Trinder Anderson
OPAWA Sail Ship Built 1876 1076 G.T.Sold 1899 Scrapped 1919
PIAKO Sail Ship Built 1876 1076 G.T. Sold 1892 Missing 1900
WANGAUI Sail Ship Built 1877 1077 G.T. Sold 1888 Sunk by U-boat
9 / 12 / 03
Reading all the above comments it takes me back to
when i worked for NZS/Federal Line on the following ships. Rangitata
(final voyage) Remuara (maiden voyage), Essex (in my opinion the
best looking ship in the fleet), Sussex, Haparangi & Nottingham.
I know work in the IT industry but for the children would love to
re-live my life aboard these great ships again. Especially the time
spent on the NZ coast and to all my old girls friends i would like
to say Hi and thank you.
Keep up the good work and if anyone remembers me
drop a line.
PS i have photographs of the Sussex & Essex in
the English channel and will gladly forward a copy to anyone
interested. Robin Hedges
17 / 12 / 03
I'm surfing the 'net in an effort to find out as
much as I can on m.v. (later RMA) Rangitiki which was broken up in
Spain in 1962. My father, C. Philip "Mick" Overall was
Chef on her for many years having started on her as 2nd. Cook on her
second voyage in 1929, staying with her until the final voyage
to/from New Zealand in May 1962.
If anyone here has any memories of the 'Tiki and my
father, I'd be delighted to hear from you. Although English, I now
live in Texas, my son in Ireland and my daughter in Australia, and
I'd like to get as much of his grandchildren's heritage down on
paper before I too hang up my hat and cash in. Dad wasn't too big on
talking to his sons about his life on board nor his life in New
Zealand. And I believe there must be many stories that need to be
told of the voyages of RMS Rangitiki. Richard
21 / 12 / 03
I joined "Orari" as a junior engineer in
Wellington 16th. Sept. 1953. She
had twisted the Starboard engine crankshaft 25 degrees.
We were 5 weeks alongside while William Cable
Engineering Co. unpinned and advanced the crankshaft, retimed the
We nursed that engine all the way back to the U.K.
Eventually took her to Falmouth, where Siley Weirs stripped both
engines out of her. Because of the severe damage to the starboard
crankshaft (they assumed most of it had been caused by the torpedo)
they cut the shaft up to remove it
I joined Suffolk in Feb.1954. as 8th. engineer. G.J.Prisk (Graeme)
22 / 12 / 03
Hope you have a great Christmas and a successful New Year!
Ditto to everyone
25 / 12 / 03
Dear Mr. Shaw, I
just revisited your website and found a message from a Mr. John
Edwards whose father was also a chef on RMS Rangitiki. I
suspect this must have been the gentleman my father took over from
in that capacity, as I have read that Dad became chef in the early
years of WWII.
Edwards responds with some good information, I'll be sure to let you
know, as you have provided this very valuable resource for old
seadogs and their families. This is a good thing you are
doing. God bless you. Richard
29 / 12 / 03
I am an artist currently painting the NZSC vessels
of the 1950's and 1960's. I have completed the Ruahine and am now
interested in the three Rangi vessel and ask if you have any
reference material. Regards Will Howard
31 / 12 / 03