One must remember,the ships in question were built for a specific mission and so are the cruiseships,they will never replace them so we must live with the times. And for you Derek going over as a convict ship I do feel your pain.
Dont recommend you go to Somerset for your hols,just reading on ceefax that the landlady of the New Inn,Wedmore.Somerset was reported for racism,some one reported her firing arrows at a welsh flag on the pub wall(Matbe taffy left without paying for his drinks.LOl.)
After the Rangitiki was sold from fleet,my Dad (Mick Overall) saw the last six years of his career out on the Rangitoto (6 voyages) and finally the Ruahine (9 voyages). His last voyage was the Ruahine's final trip in NZSCo/Federal colours and also, I believe, Captain Hollindale's retirement voyage.