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G.M.V. ARAMOANA

G.M.V. ARAMOANA

The Wellington - Picton rail ferry ARAMOANA built by William Denny and Brothers Ltd, of Dumbarton, Scotland in 1962. When built she devastated coastal shipping in New Zealand as this new concept of cargo handling was much faster and more efficient and soon only a handfull of traditional coastal vessels were left operating. In 1977 she was modified by the Sembawang Ship yard of Singapore.
Aramoana is shown here after her modifications entering the Queen Charlotte Sound after cross Cook Strait bound for Picton on her regular 3 hour , 20 min, crossing. She was NZ's first RoRo vessel.

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Don/t think it/s ARAMOANA- funnel is different and also stern area. ARAMOANA was a near copy of CALEDONIAN PRINCESS.
 

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Hi Paul it is the ARAMOANA it is the way she looked after a major refit she underwent at Singapore in 1977. During the early 80's I was Quatermaster on the vessel. Part of the refit included changing the funnel and inclosing the aft end of her prom, deck. The seamen & motormen were treated to a rec, room under the fo'c's'le this was not a comfortable space punching into a gale force southerly in Cook Strait.Still the ARAMOANA had pleasing lines and was an excellent sea boat.
 

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Thanks indeed for that. Certainly didn/t recognise her and she still looks good after it.
 

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She did look good and a nice ship to work on. I worked- by her after she was laid up for sale with the introduction of the ARAHURA and remember the day the Saudi's came aboard to inspect her and the ARANUI her near sister. They purchased both vessels. At some stage I will post a photo of her taken in Singapore looking in a pitiful site.
 

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