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Mahana
Bought at collectables fair. Photo by J.Dickie, Wellington, NZ.

Mahana
Built: 1917 Workman, Clark, Belfast
Tonnage: 11,796grt
Owners: Shaw Savill
1953: Broken up, Dalmuir.

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Prior to the outbreak of WW2 I saw Mahana and Pakeha laid up in Thames Estuary.
They had been destined for the breakers but were reprieved due to the threat of war.
Stan
 

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Remember seeing either Mahana or Mahia in NZ in 1950, she didnot have all those lifeboats then. The problem with her on the NZ coast were her coal burning firemen and trimmers, there was a violent death amongst them in Wellington which amounted to murder. When she arrived in Lyttleton extra police were sent there to contain them and we certainly kept out of their way. I believe she may have been banned from the NZ coast eventually. Stan the Pakeha became the Empire Pakeha after a period as a decoy battle ship in Scapa Flow, the last time I saw her she was in NZ with a lot of her crew "skinned out". Her hull was still wartime grey with Shaw Savill upper works
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Thankyou David.
Pakeha was again at anchor in the Thames for a few months - after the war.
Ministry of Food chartered her as a meat storage ship.
There was a third SSA ship laid up with the other two and I think it was Tainui.
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Hi Stan, the third meat store ship was the Waimana--Tainui was sunk in 1943. Always appreciate your informative comments.
cheers, Brent
 

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