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T.E.V. RANGATIRA

T.E.V. RANGATIRA

One of the most graceful and popular vessels belonging to the Union Steam Ship Co, NZ, Ltd was the RANGATIRA. The vessel was built in 1931 by Vickers Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in- Furness for the companys Wellington - Lyttelton service. Able to steam at 22 knots she did the journey from Lyttelton - Wel

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I spent some time working on her boilers when I was waiting for another ship. Not a lot of room between the boiler drums. Nothing like a motor ship. I also did a run across as a passenger rejoining the Wairata. Spent part of the night on the bridge with the third mate who I sailed with a couple of times. very nice looking ship and sailed very well. Interesting group of engineers, spent the following in a well known pub.
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You right about there being little room in the stokehold Jim if I remember rightly the telegraph was up above the walkway which itself was only just head hight, it was no place for anyone suffering from claustrophopia

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When I was serving my apprenticeship I had a tutor who was a Chief on her..He told me of the record run she did and how she was the best ship he had sailed on. His surname was Woods.

She certainly had nice lines.
 

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The whole engine room lacked head height.To lift turbine casings or remove armatures the lagging around pipes etc had to be removed.OSH would have hysterics with the asbestos dust flying everywhere.I think things were sqeezed down a bit to get additional accomodation but retain her overall proportions. Kiwi
 

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