Piako

julian anstis
18th April 2005, 10:52
PIAKO built by A Stephen & son Glasgow and launched on 10th Oct 1961 completed early Jan 1962. 7,595grt she had a first for a Brithish built ship in that she had a high speed Velle Shipshape crane mounted forward of #2 hatch. Her maiden voyage was from Liverpool to Australian ports and she remained working UK to Aus/NZ untill she was sold. Her last voyage saw her leaving Timaru on 7th July 1978 for medi ports before proceeding on to Avonmouth (where she is seen here). She was then laid up at Liverpool on 28th Sept untill she was sold in early 79 to Blue Ocean Cia Greece and re-named REEFER QUEEN where she remained until sold to Chinese breakers in 1984.

Many thanks to FLYER for all the additional info.
photo courtesy P.W.Hobday.

flyer682
18th April 2005, 11:13
Always a pleasure Julian and a great photo as well. :)

tanker
18th April 2005, 11:34
Hi friends
here is PIAKO when she was built ,(old mag pic collection)
Gp

Bob S
18th April 2005, 21:36
Photographed in London.

flyer682
19th April 2005, 11:09
She looks really good in those colours. The white band around the hull and the plimsoll marks, the attractive Federal funnel...........just doesn't compare with the colours applied in later life.

Tom Haywood
24th May 2005, 23:37
I sailed on the Piako from 27/01/69 till 6/03/70 (14 mth voyage on the MANZ run) as 1st Refrig, she set a first for the NZS as with her sister ship Somerset as the first reefer ships with Freon 12 refrigeration systems, a major leap from the old CO2 units. Also the first to have the refrigeration flat and evap room in the actual engine room, and !!! they were fully air conditioned with the air conditioning plant (including the large compressor in a compartment in or near the funnel. Another unique feature for NZS when she was built was that she had Mcgreggor hydraulic hatches fitted through-out including the tween decks.

Tom Haywood

Rusty
30th May 2005, 18:43
I sailed on the Piako from 27/01/69 till 6/03/70 (14 mth voyage on the MANZ run) as 1st Refrig, she set a first for the NZS as with her sister ship Somerset as the first reefer ships with Freon 12 refrigeration systems, a major leap from the old CO2 units. Also the first to have the refrigeration flat and evap room in the actual engine room, and !!! they were fully air conditioned with the air conditioning plant (including the large compressor in a compartment in or near the funnel. Another unique feature for NZS when she was built was that she had Mcgreggor hydraulic hatches fitted through-out including the tween decks.

Tom Haywood

Hi Tom,

I was chief sparks on this ship, my last, from June 1962 to July 1963, voyages 2 and 3 I believe. I tried to attach a photo, but it wouldn't let me, so look in the gallery to see it. I found it a very noisy ship. The Radio Room was at the base of the funnel next to the extractor fans. Off the Radio Room opened the gyro room, the radar room and in the workshop were at least 3 different motors powering bits of equipment. Fortunately, they rarely all ran at once, but when they did the noise gave us a headache!

Voyage 2 was straightforward - U.K. to Oz via Suez, Bermuda(!), the States and Canada, Oz and Tasmania, NZ and home via Panama Canal.

Voyage 3 somewhere different - Montevideo and Buenos Aires!

When I joined her I was told that this was a party ship with a reputation to keep up. We certainly tried - especially in the Aussie ports.

A full account of both voyages appears in my book "Sydney, Sapele & St. John", which I have written, printed and published myself.

Rusty

I've sent another shot of the "Piako", taken a few minutes later as we passed her bows. This proves the lads didn't leave any holidays in their paintwork. Little did I know at the time that this would be my next ship.

Rusty

Doug Rogers
31st May 2005, 05:19
She looks really good in those colours. The white band around the hull and the plimsoll marks, the attractive Federal funnel...........just doesn't compare with the colours applied in later life.

There is no comparison with her in Federal colours to the horrible P&O colour scheme to which so many of the company ships were subjected. Thank God they all disappeared elsewhere relatively quickly, talk about sore eyes and headaches from the colour scheme!!.
And same ship but different topic, it always amazed me the numbers of separate motors that different vessels had to power different bits of radio/radar equipment etc, and the noise that some of them generated with bad siting!!. Another blast from the past!!.

Fairfield
31st May 2005, 08:37
At least she wasn/t given a PANDO name!

Doug H
31st May 2005, 12:07
Greetings "Rusty": Nice to see you participating in this site! Kind regards,
Doug H

Doug Rogers
31st May 2005, 12:56
At least she wasn/t given a PANDO name!

Thats true, that really did compound the felony, both the colour scheme and a Pando name!!.

Rusty
31st May 2005, 14:50
Greetings "Rusty": Nice to see you participating in this site! Kind regards,
Doug H

Thanks, Doug, nice to be welcomed.

Rusty

julianne
30th June 2011, 11:41
tom,did i read somewhere that you had the crew list from piako 1969-1970

2EngJW
8th January 2012, 21:44
My first deep sea voyage was on m.v. Piako sailed from Liverpool on the 14 May 1973 to Australia and NZ and back to Southampton on the 27 Sept 73. as Assisitant Eng. Anyone else on this voyage?

Tom Haywood
9th January 2012, 10:24
tom,did i read somewhere that you had the crew list from piako 1969-1970

Hi Julianne, yes i do have a list and i will post in the gallery later tonight.

rgs

Allan01273
11th October 2012, 22:30
1966, early September I was cooks boy. 24 pounds a month but ciggies were only a shilling a packet. Royal Docks to Curacao, and then through the canal. Some idiot kept on at me to save the bread for the donkeys, I was only 16 but I wasn't that stupid. Someone else stole a bicycle through the canal, and then on to New Zealand. We went to Auckland, Lyttleton, Wellington and New Plymouth. Unloading the cargo of agricultural machinery took a long time and then the hold had to be lined with timber before loading cheese and lamb so on the coastal run we were allowed to take a half day off in every 3. On my first half day (starting at 3pm) I rode the bike for several hours to a hot spring spa, and when I got there it was closed. I don't know what it was called. After that I think I just joined the other catering crew in the bars.

On the return we had to go to Galveston, Texas, where girls were encountererd. Other crew that I remember were Chuck the stewards boy and one of the deck boys. There was also a guy called Shep and he lived in Newhaven near where I lived.
Some of my other memories of this my first trip was how friendly everyone was, even though I was on my first trip and had no money and I was really naive. In the Royal Docks we all went ashore and I got really drunk on 3 bottles of brown ale that the others had paid for. My first taste of Doctor Gordons medicine (still like that) and I still like girls (*))