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Old 11th April 2014, 00:08
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Interesting ship Allan, was she built for purpose or a conversion from something else? Regards, Chad.
Chad, she is the Bird Class minesweeper HMNZS "Tui" converted for fleet auxiliary work and scientific research. One of three built for the NZ Navy, the others being "Kiwi" and "Moa" .
I worked on Tui during the last year of my apprentiship doing a overhaul of the main engine and under the guidance of LH fitter Roy (Snowy) Adams.
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Old 11th April 2014, 04:27
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I am seeking information on the movements of MV Kauri in 1942/43. To date my search has proved fruitless. Any assistance greatly appreciated.
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Hi Bernard, the mv Kauri 2,361 tons, was built for USSCo by Stevens, Glasgow, and was in their fleet from 1936-1962. A long career and obviously went through WW2 which I suppose is what you are interested in.
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Old 11th April 2014, 05:17
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Bernard, I stood by Kauri in the late 50's while she was moored on the Western Viaduct but it was only for a day or so before I was whisked off to another ship.
Specific details of her movements in the wartime 40's will be hard to find I imagine.

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Old 11th April 2014, 05:28
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Chris, Charlie Chivers, steward and Dale Chapman, bosun holding the lifebelt. ? Jefferson, fireman,2nd from left back row. On the right, Dave Durham 2eng,Peter Hibberdine Mate (dead) Joe Wright Right Ch Eng (dead) me looking at the sky,Don Moore 2nd Mate and Alf Lamont, sparks. I'll attach a couple of pics of Tui.
Cheers, Allan.
A good shot Allan, as you know I knew Joe Wright , he was an ex dockyard apprentice a few years ahead of me .
Mention of the Tui prompts me to ask if you knew Morris or Morrie Wilson who served on the ship's research staff, he is an uncle of an acquaintance of mine.

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Hi Spongebob, did you know George Butler the locksmith at the dockyard. He was a few years older than me in the RN torpedo factory in Scotland.
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Old 11th April 2014, 21:13
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Hello Gordon, sorry I cannot recall that name but I do remember that there was a specialist locksmith. In fact in those days they had every smithy trade including black, copper, tin and gun etc. There were about 1000 civilian staff in those days but that number is well down since private management took over

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[QUOTE=Scotch Boiler;572438]Hi Peter,I sailed as 4th on the Koraki when you were there as chief.
I left the sea in 1970 and eventually got to the tugs in Auckland.
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I would love to talk to Cliff Harnett . Could you please ask him to contact me .Patsy 0211153249 or [email protected]
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Hi Patsy, Cliff died a couple of years ago, and the Institute has been wound up. I can give you a name of the man who may help if you have a question for the NZIMPE.
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Hi Patsy, Cliff died a couple of years ago, and the Institute has been wound up. I can give you a name of the man who may help if you have a question for the NZIMPE.
Hi and thank you so much for replying to me . I would love to have the mans contact please .Can you send it to me on [email protected] or on txt 0211153249 .
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Anyone remember me from my Union Line service days Sept. 1957-Sept. 1960.
Served on KORAKI, TOFUA, KAWATIRI, KURUTAI, WAIANA and KAIMIRO.
In particular, would like to restore contact with Ron Sharp (wife Pauline) Ron was ex-Alexander Stevens Shipbuilder, Clydeside and we were part of the delivery crew on MV. Koraki.
Also, chief engineers - Don Carley, H.W.Insley, A.J. Griffiths, Robert Craig, B.W.Woolley,A.D.Brown.

Dennis. K. Pollard - Derby, England
Hi, Dennis, I was at sea round the same time '57 to '63 out of Dunedin. including, Kurutai, wheat run, Waiana to the Islands. Cheers, Ewen Cameron
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Hi Allan, good to hear from you. There is a nice photo of the Tui on here from a member called Tim Webb.
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I was meandering, looking for any connections with the USSCo, having spent 5years 55 to 59 as 3rd and 2nd Mate on a few ships, came across your picture of the Tui. Didn't have any fore knowledge of her and recognising the unmistakable shape of a corvette looked up some of her history, war and peace, in different parts of Wiki . She along with her sister 'birds' Kiwi, Moa acquitted themselves very commendably during the war in the Pacific.

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/schol...-c20.html#n309

If you scroll down to Page 307-310 there is an excellent and very complete account of some of the action they brought to the enemy.
In fact the whole of this extract of the struggle for Guadalcanal is worth reading and the author S D Waters has presented one of the most complete descriptions of the importance of New Zealand's contribution to logistical and fighting support to the US forces. Thanks for whetting my appetite. It made a good read.
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