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M.V. NGAKUTA

M.V. NGAKUTA

The Union Company general cargo vessel NGAKUTA laid up at Dunedin in 1982 shortly before being sold to Giant Ocean Shipping SA Panama and renamed GIANT TREASURE. Built in 1962 By Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd , Dundee. She was the first of four sisters built for the Union Steam Ship Co

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A great picture Emmanuel - spent time as Apprentice on her in late sixties with Dick Swan as Master - later I was 2nd. Mate on her on sugar run to Lautoka & Lambasa in Fiji with older Masters Bluey Avery & Joe Stoddart. Sher was my last ship at sea , paid off at Ballast Head , Kangaroo Island & flew home to become a Cargo Supervisor - Ian Harrison was Master that trip.

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I recall piloting several of this class and if I remember correctly they were not equipped with gyro compasses. If you forgot and gave a true course to steer it could drastically shorten a promising career!
As always Emmanuel, a great picture. Your photographs are true Ships' Nostalgia for a 1960's deck apprentice and viewing them now how I wish I had continued photographing ships after I could afford colour film.
 

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Yes Dave it was just a magnetic compass. They were good ships to work on and were well appointed for their time but could this class roll !! - they would roll on a wet lawn. It was another of those vessels where you had to wedge yourself into your bunk or find your self turfed out on the deck.
I think most of us who were at sea regret not taking more photos of our ships and shipmates.
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Emmanuel
 

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The ship doesnt look the same without the yellow band and the white cranes.it certainly looks in great nick after 20 yrs!!!
 

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I agree Paul - by this time I think they had lost the recipe for the bronze green as just about every Union Co ship was painted in a different shade of green. I was on her when she did the 20 year survey at Auckland and we did a lot of painting even painting some of the holds.The best she had looked for a long time,then they laid her up and sold her .
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