18th March 2008, 17:53
When i was on the Hauraki between Sep '68 and Feb '69 i noticed that the bell on the foc'sle head had Norfolk on it,and it looked as if it had been there for a long time.I wonder if anybody who was on her at that time could shed any light on the matter.
cheers innesian

18th March 2008, 18:03
MV Norfolk 11272 tons Built 1947 for the Federal Steam ship Co; London, then in later life changed owners, no doubt somebody can embellish more details as to when.

Dave Edge
18th March 2008, 21:40
Norfolk was renamed Hauraki on 20 July 1953 following her transfer to New Zealand Shipping Company.

18th March 2008, 22:01
With the Norfolk, the fleet began its post-war reconstruction. She was the first of a series of eight large refrigerated ships which became known as 'H' boats after the 'Haparangi' which was finished nine months later. In 1953 'Norfolk' was given the NZS buff funnel and renamed 'Hauraki' although remaining in nominal Federal ownership. All eight ships traded for over 25 years and only the 'Hertford' was sold on for further trading. With refrigerated capacity in excess of 522,000 cu ft these were great ships for long stays on the Kiwi coast.


18th March 2008, 22:59
Amen, to that - they were indeed.

alex page
19th March 2008, 21:22
the Norfolk became the Hauraki when the Ex sussex and Essex returned to federal line from P.O. and became the Cambridge and Norfolk .What fun these shipowners have with their toys

21st March 2008, 01:21
They had so much fun with them that there was no time to think about those who sailed in them.