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WANAKA

The WANAKA powers ahead on her sea trials off Hong Kong. She was the first Union Co, vessel to be fitted with a bulbous bow. The vessel was well appointed but only had a short carrier with Union Co, as a lack of trade meant she was sold in 1976 to Sealanes Transport Corp, Monrovia and renamed RATA H

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A lovely looking vessel, do you know her tonnage and what engines she used?
 

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Emmanuel,
Please pardon my Ignorance, but how could there be a "Lack of Trade" between AKL and CCH in those years, when I guess Cabotage Laws were well and truly in effect??
Thanks.
David D.
 

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Yes she was an attractive vessel for a ro-ro, her tonnage was 2769grt but unfortunately I can't tell what the engines were -will keep looking, someone must know .
 

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David the main reason was that road transport was on the increase, NZR rail ferries were operating almost around the clock with four vessels on the service - when you combine that with a good rail freight network it made it hard for Unoin Co to compete given that the HAWEA and WANAKA would take days to complete a round service. Im sure if there had been a way the Union Steam Ship Co would have taken it. This was also one of the main reasons the RANGATIRA failed on the Wellington - Lyttelton run
 

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Isn't this ship currently Marlines Duchess M?

If so she's still very much in service (during Summer seasons at least), operating Italy-Montenegro, and has been for the past few years. She's been heavily rebuilt into a passenger ship now though.

She's probably better-known in the UK as Brittany Ferries' Breizh-Izel.
 

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Hello to all.

Here's a recent image of the DUCHESS M (September 2006):
http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/duchess_m_1970_b_5.htm

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre
 

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