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British pass/cargo liner TAINUI, imo 1024507/ 150m/ 9.957gt/ twin screw/ 14kn/ pax: 40 1st, 75 2nd, 400 3rd classes; 10/1908 completed by Workman Clark & Co., Belfast, for Shaw Savill & Albion Co., Ltd, Southampton; 12/11/1908 maiden voyage to Wellington, NZ: 1913 collided with the INCA, of Pacific Steam NavigatioCo, Liverpool; 1917 requistioned by Shipping Controller, London; 08/04/1918 torpedoed and abandoned. Reboarded and taken 130 miles to Falmouth stern first; 21/09/1921 retrned to the owners and resumed service via the Panama canal; 04/1932 converted to tourist class only; 25/11/1938 final sailing to Wellington, NZ; 03/1939 sold for scrap, meanwhile MoWT acquired her and renamed EMPIRE TRADER, mgrs. Shaw Savill & Albion Co, Ltd, Southampton; 21/02/1942 torpedoed by U-92 but not sunk. Made for port escorted by the corvette HMCS DAUPHIN, sunk by her crew in the next day, when the ship became unmanageable.
Seen crossing Panama Canal, Gaillard Cut.
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