tss monowai

jimmym
9th March 2006, 10:15
hello everyone,

My father worked as a steward on the Monowai at least between 1951 and 1955, when he left to take on a land job, where sadly he was killed in a work accident shortly afterwards.

I am keen to do any of the following:

1. find anyone who might have known him
2. find out about life as a crew member at that time.
3. find out a bit about where crew went and what they did while in Sydney. My dad was living in Christchurch during this period.

His name was Jim Muir

Many thanks in anticipation

Jim

flyer682
10th March 2006, 09:54
Welcome aboard, Jimmy. Enjoy the site and all we have to offer. Good luck with your quest - I'm sure someone will be able to help.

Gulpers
10th March 2006, 10:10
Jim,

Welcome to the site. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience!
I am sure someone will be able to help with your specific queries but, in the meantime, explore the site and I think you will be impressed. (Thumb)

vix
11th March 2006, 05:10
Jim, Welcome to the site. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience! I am sure someone will be able to help with your specific queries but, in the meantime, explore the site and I think you will be impressed. (Thumb)
Welcome Jim and good luck with your search, have heard of the Monowai this side of the ditch, she was a RNZN research or survey ship from memory, believe she's been scrapped quite a while?

KIWI
11th March 2006, 06:55
Monowai.Vix the Monowai you are refering to was RNZN survey ship.Member is refering USSCo's trans Tasman passenger ship which was ex P&O Razmak.Can't help with his queries as I never sailed on her but remember seamen wore working gear known as Monowai Blues. Kiwi

vix
12th March 2006, 01:26
Monowai.Vix the Monowai you are refering to was RNZN survey ship.Member is refering USSCo's trans Tasman passenger ship which was ex P&O Razmak.Can't help with his queries as I never sailed on her but remember seamen wore working gear known as Monowai Blues. Kiwi
Kia ora Kiwi, Thought there would be a simple explanation...thanks for that. Vix
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jimmym
13th March 2006, 10:39
Thanks for the envouragement and interest. Even knowing the little bit about the Monowai Blues is great. My father worked the ship when it was doing the trans Tasman run.

best wishes,

Jim

benjidog
13th March 2006, 11:23
Hi Jim,

Check out this site: http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/union53i.htm - it has some basic information and a photo. Says she was broken up in 1960.

And this one has a whole bunch of stuff about all three ships of that name and even includes a photo of the 1st class stewards - though maybe not your father: http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/monowai/monowai.htm

In fact you are lucky because the second website I gave you has an almost complete history of Monowai II and a load of photos.

Good luck with your research.

Brian

R58484956
13th March 2006, 11:29
Welcome jimmym to the site enjoy it and all it has to offer.

jimmym
14th March 2006, 09:45
Hi Jim,

Check out this site: http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/union53i.htm - it has some basic information and a photo. Says she was broken up in 1960.

And this one has a whole bunch of stuff about all three ships of that name and even includes a photo of the 1st class stewards - though maybe not your father: http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/monowai/monowai.htm

In fact you are lucky because the second website I gave you has an almost complete history of Monowai II and a load of photos.

Good luck with your research.

Brian
hello Brian,

thanks for your interest and help. Much appreciated.

cheers,

Jim

non descript
14th March 2006, 09:56
A warm welcome to you jimmym and I'm sure that wise hands will be able to assist you in your search. Enjoy the site and Bon Voyage
Tonga

reggieboy
6th January 2014, 09:23
It is a few years since you wrote about your father on the T S S Monowai. My brother was a steward on the ship in the 1950's and that is how I met my husband also working on board. They would have known your father - I remember some of the names and the Stewardess was a Mrs Hill from memory.
I sailed on the Monowai from Wellington to Sydney. I think it left NZ on the 10th December and arrived in Sydney 14th. It had a turnaround sailing on a friday and arriving on the TUesday and then sailing again the following Friday.
Those were the days :) There were two classed 1st and 2nd and the dinner bell chimes were played for meals. I do have some memorabilia from those times.

sidsal
6th January 2014, 21:04
Probably an earlier Monowai.
I was in Colombo harbour at the end of ww2 and the Monowai came in and tied up to buoys in the column next to us - a matter of yards. She was en route from Singapore to the UK with the first POWs from Chango jail in Singapore. They looked like living skeletons and I have ever afterwards hated the Japs for their cruelty !