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Tongariro

At Hobart's Princes 2-3 wharf in the late 1970's.

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The old Tongariro called at Geelong in the early 1950s, does anyone have a picture or any information?
 

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Hi Alan, I don't have a photo of the original 'Tongariro' but I can tell you she was built in 1925 , 8,879 Tons Gross, 481 Length (feet), 63 Breadth (feet), 12 1/2 Speed (Knots), Steam Turbine Engines and 1 screw. She was part of the 'New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd.'
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Cheers....Bill Burton....Tassie.
 

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Dox you surprise me, here I am thinking that you cut your teeth on the old "H" boats and you went away on the Tong the Plonk.
 

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Tom,
The "H" boats came along soon enough. I had a couple of years of sainity before them. I can tell you the Tongaplonk had its moments.
 

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Alan, some further information on the older Tongariro.

TONGARIRO
(Official Number 146002)

8,729 gross, 5,501 net, 12,537 deadweight
High and low pressure turbines single reduction geared to single shaft, 16.1 kts on trials. Oil fuel. Refrigerated space: 332,000 c.f.R.

13/11/1924: Launched by Wm Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow and delivered to NZS on 02/03/1925.
17/07/1929: Grounded 5 miles south-east of Ras al Ara, Perim, bound Bowen to London. Refloated the next day.
31/03/1932: Suffered rudder damage in rough weather off Oamaru, repaired in dry dock at Port Chalmers.
26/08/1936: Grounded in Clyde near Dumbarton.
04/12/1939: Lost her rudder bound Southampton to Auckland and arrived back at Falmouth on the 12th.
25/04/1940 > 20/03/1946: Requisitioned for the Liner Division but spent the period from 07/10/1945 > 16/02/1946 as a victualling stores issuing ship.
07/08/1941: Grounded when leaving Buenos Aires.
09/09/1941: Collided with and sank the tanker SOCONY with the loss of 2 lives while in convoy, bound Halifax to London.
03/03/1942: Suffered a gunfire attack from a submarine off Cape Naturaliste having left Fremantle the previous day for the United Kingdom with wool and general cargo.
06/07/1943: Grounded in the Panama Canal but refloated the following day.
17/10/1947: Maimmast collapsed at Lisbon and a new one fitted.
18/04/1954: Touched the bank of the Yarra when arriving at Melbourne.
26/08/1954: Suffered a failure of her steering gear bound Melbourne to Adelaide and towed back to Williamstown by the tugs HOWARD SMITH and TOORONGA.
27/04/1960: Sold to Far East Metal Industry and Shipping Ltd and renamed FAR EAST TRADER.
25/07/1960: Arrived at Hong Kong for demolition, work commenced 29/08/1960.
(courtesy Crossed Flags)
 

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