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Tekoa - Federal Steam - NZSCo - Ships in London

Tekoa - Federal Steam - NZSCo - Ships in London

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My last ship, thanks for posting Colin. Comfortable well maintained ship, good crowd, good food, well paid, and voyaging to NZ and Aussie. What more did a young man need?
 

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She was built in 1966, but was scrapped in 1984. Was she a troublesome vessel, or the new owners didn't look after her so much? She looks such nice vessel!!
 

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The four sisters went within a year of each other:-
Taupo: Chittagong June 1984.
Tekoa: Kaohsiung Feburary 1984
Tongariro: Gadani Beach September 1985
Westmorland: Huangpu March 1985
 

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Interesting question all the same, so I looked up other British cargo liners built around the same time from Ben, Glen, and Port Lines. They were all about the same age when they went to the breakers in the mid 80s. I guess containerisation & a recession had a lot to do with this. These vessels were virtually obsolete when built for the work they were designed for. Many of them ended up pottering around the far east and Australasia (Swire, Austasia, etc).
 

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The Taupo, Tekoa and Westmorland all ended up owned by Blue Star's Singapore and Hong Kong companies.
They usually carried meat from Kiwi/Aussie to the Gulf.
The problem was that the ships were not suited for banana trades and were more than 15yrs old and the charterers wanted new ships.
I sailed on Mahsuri and Mandama, which were Tekoa and Taupo, they were indeed lovely ships and very well built.



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My uncle was sadly killed while serving aboard this ship, he fell between the ship & the quay in kg5 1967.
 

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Built in Sunderland by Bartrams .......obsolete when commissioned but that is the wisdom of hindsight if ever there was an example. They were very good ships for the trade as it was known then.
 

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Yiks, just looked up my discharge book. I was with her on the UK coast August - Sept 1977, left before she went deep sea for the gulf. They were lovely ships, Sulzer RD 90's, English Electric Alternators, no control room but control consoles - happy days!
 

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