Papanui (1898)

16th July 2005, 08:12
Here is a picture of a model of PAPANUI which I built some years ago. The ship came into the island of St. Helena with a serious bunker fire in 1911. Shortly after the passengers disembarked, she blew up and sank in shallow water. The steering gear was still visible above water until a couple of years ago and I have been aboard on several occasions whilst serving aboard R.M.S. ST. HELENA between 1979 and 1992. The model is no longer in my possession and I have no idea of its present whereabouts.

16th July 2005, 08:33
My parents and myself lived on the Island of St Helena in the 60s 70s . My father dived the wreck and salvaged the propeller, we have one of the Brass propeller nuts and tiles off the iterior of the ship.I now live in NZ

16th July 2005, 09:08
I remember the big hexagonal brass propeller nuts, they were popular as doostops on the island and I saw several of them. They held the blades on to the boss and the pitch of the propeller could be altered, but it had to be done in drydock. Being in shallow water, it was an interesting sight snorkeling over it. I also looked at the remains of the full-rigged ship SPANGEREID ex FAIRPORT which was scuttled again because of fire a few hundred feet from the PAPANUI and whose wheel is now in the dining room of the consulate hotel.

Please visit my website

where there will be more items of St. Helena interest coming soon.

Tom Haywood
9th May 2006, 00:29
(Official Number (108562)

6,372 gross, 4,099 net, 9,440 deadweight.
Passengers: 34 1st class. 45 2nd class, 400 steerage.
Refrigerated space for 100,000 carcasses (225,900 c.f.R.)

01/11/1898: Launched by Wm Denny & Bros, Dumbarton and delivered 26/12/1898 to NZS. Left London on her first New Zealand sailing to Wellington on 12/01/1899
18/03/1901: Arrived at Vigo with the French barque MARTHE MARGUERITE (592g, 1884), disabled after losing her rudder, in tow.
22/09/1901: Put into Vigo with a bunker fire, bound New Zealand to Plymouth.
28/04/1909: Suffered a minor fire in Victoria Dock, London.38,000 carcases were destroyed and 1 life lost.
13/12/1909: Struck a rock off North Waterhouse Island, inward bound to Beauty Point, Tasmania, and after repairs there arrived at Melbourne on 19/01/1910.
23/05/1910: Sold at auction to H.A. Visbord, Melbourne, but the sale fell through.
05/07/1910: Registry transferred to Melbourne by NZS.
13/10/1910: Sold at a second auction and registered on 14/10/1910 to J. Paterson, Melbourne.
21/11/1910: Registration closed and re-registered in Nicaragua to enable the ship to leave Melbourne in an unseaworthy state.
05/12/1910: Left Melbourne without a pilot for Nagasaki. She arrived at Nagasaki on 03/01/1911.
17/04/1911: Arrived back at Melbourne from Nagasaki via Hobart and registered at Melbourne on 21/04/1911. to H.C. Sleigh and H.B. Black.
1911: Carried passengers from Melbourne to London for the coronation of King George V.
05/09/1911: Suffered a fire in the bunker coal in No.3 hold, bound London to Cape Town and Fremantle with 364 emigrants and 108 crew. She arrived at St Helena on the 11th and was beached in Jamestown Bay, being abandoned the next day. The fire was reported to be out on the 19th. The passengers were picked up by the OPAWA on October 14th and taked to Cape Town.
A plaque on the library wall at Jamestown recorded the thanks of the rescued to the islanders for looking after them for 5 weeks.
(courtesy of Crossed Flags)

Pat McCardle
9th May 2006, 09:12
She had a bit of a chequered career Tom? Was there another Papanui that broke down in the Pacific & the crew rigged sails from the derricks & engineering apprentices had to be 'strapped' to the evaporators to keep a it running at a constant temperature? I remember reading this, I'm sure, in an old copy of 'Crossed Flags' while on Somerset 77-79. If so Papanui was a bit of a 'Jonah' name with NZS (Thumb)

Tom Haywood
10th May 2006, 00:30
Pat, no this was the PIPIRIKI, sister to the 2nd PAPANUI and yes there was an artical in the Crossed Flags Journal by Captain W.D.F. Cooper, RNR.
They lost a blade on the 14/01/1968

The PIPIRIKI Steamed 3,151 miles to Suva at an average speed of 7.2 knots and the anchor was dropped in Suva harbour on Friday 02/02/1968.

The 1,512 miles to Wellington was covered at 6.8 knots.

Pat McCardle
10th May 2006, 00:35
Thanks for putting that right Tom. I thought I had read / heard about this voyage as a young lad back in 77. (Thumb) My friends Father was an AB on Pipiriki, Jimmy Scrafton from Sunderland, does his name ring a bell?

10th May 2006, 01:58

Subject change, but what dates are you Xed flags???

Tom Haywood
10th May 2006, 05:12
Dox, I assume you mean what date was the above article in the Crossed Flags, if so it was No.7 - May 1968.

10th May 2006, 05:28

I actually meant what is the range of dates of the xrd flags mags you have.

Sorry for the confusion.

Tom Haywood
25th May 2006, 04:55
Dox, sorry for the delay but have been away on a spot of leave.

My Crossed Flags House Journals range from Vol 1, No1 - May 1965, through to No 12 - November 1970.

Not sure how long they went for after that.