TSS TAHITI of 1905

John Paul
17th November 2015, 22:18
On a recent visit to Otago Musuem I admired the model of this passenger ship and I am puzzled by what appears to be vents or scuppers at various points around the accommodation just above deck level. Are these vents to allow circulation of air as no A/C would have been fitted, usually water would have been drained through scuppers let into the deck. I would be most interested to hear what these were fitted for.

18th November 2015, 01:40
Interested in your post, John, as my father, in the Worcesters, sailed on her from Devonport, in March 1917. The ship took them to Durban and they continued to Bombay on the Caronia. Here is what I wrote in my Kindle book, Never Volunteer.

(The 7585grt-Tahiti was launched in 1904 as the Port Kingston, but after being laid up in 1910, was bought by the SS Company of New Zealand. With a maximum speed of 17 knots, she had sailed under her present name since 1911 and was now commanded by Captain Scott.)

Best Wishes