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Old 16th February 2009, 20:46
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Union Line )Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand

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.

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Old 16th February 2009, 20:59
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Dennis, I was with the Union Co from 1957 until1961 serving on the Kaitangata, Navua, Kaitoa and Tarawera.
I recall Don Carley and Brian? Woolley but no others at this stage.
Do you remember John Cran on the Tofua? Also Jim Donn who might have sailed on the Koraki.
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www.oceanashippingforum.com which covers Australia, NZ and the Pacific Islands.

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Old 17th February 2009, 09:59
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Hello Dennis,

Worked with Don Carley at the Port Chalmers Marine Repair Works (part of the USSCo) in the late 60's, where he was Works Manager. He left in 1970 and headed overseas to Malawi.

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Old 22nd April 2009, 06:33
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Hi, Dennis,

Ron Sharp went on to become the USSCo. engineer superintendant in Melbourne, and I think has since died. A friend of mine knew him well so I can check on this if required.

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Old 30th April 2009, 09:17
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Hi, Dennis,

Ron Sharp went on to become the USSCo. engineer superintendant in Melbourne, and I think has since died. A friend of mine knew him well so I can check on this if required.

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Not sure if it was the same Ron Sharp.The RS I knew well was on the Tofua and Navua too I think. We were at the NZ Marine Dept in Auckland together. He did a spell as Engineer Manager at the shipyards in Fiji after this as I saw him there and had a few kavas when he took us around the yard and introed us to his Fijian staff. Pauline does ring a bell,no children, long time ago,memory fades.
Ron is or was, quite short and a bit portly. Good guy. Was R.H.Sharp.
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My wife reminds me that Ron also did a spell at United Engine Repair Works, USS shore base AK?

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Old 30th April 2009, 15:44
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Anyone rmember my very good friend Capt Pat Palin of the Union Co. Died a couple of years ago?. He and I were apprentices during ww2 on twice torpedoed Fort Camosun. We kept in touch all those years and I am still in touch with is wife Jess who lives in Paraparumu.
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Old 25th May 2009, 06:17
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Hi Denis, I sailed with Granny Griffiths who has passed away,also new Ron Sharpe saw him at the USSCo reunion in 2007 or 8 but he has since died. Note the name Robert Craig,there was a Dave Craig C/E of the Kauri but he passed away a number of years ago . Note sure of the other Chiefs you mention but could check with Cliff Harnett if you want.regards Peter Kiddell
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Old 2nd February 2012, 09:04
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Hi Denis, I sailed with Granny Griffiths who has passed away,also new Ron Sharpe saw him at the USSCo reunion in 2007 or 8 but he has since died. Note the name Robert Craig,there was a Dave Craig C/E of the Kauri but he passed away a number of years ago . Note sure of the other Chiefs you mention but could check with Cliff Harnett if you want.regards Peter Kiddell
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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Old 3rd February 2012, 06:46
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Hi Gordon, didn't know you were on this site. nice to know your still around.
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Old 3rd February 2012, 11:52
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I can also confirm that Ron Sharp (not Sharpe) is no longer with us.
Many years ago he lost his wife due to that terrible illness, but he re married with a Kiwi lady.
He passed away mid ninety,s I would say.
Indeed a rather short fellow as Cliff explained, I knew him well , both professionally and personally.
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Old 3rd February 2012, 15:21
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my brother in law sailed with this company his name Peter Tate SAM2182SW
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Old 4th February 2012, 03:18
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Hi Gordon, didn't know you were on this site. nice to know your still around.
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Hi Chris, yes I am still going strong. Living in Rangiora, Canterbury.
I found this site recently but have not posted much. Are you still at Waimaukau. How is your brother Nik?
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Old 4th February 2012, 03:20
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Re Ron Sharp, he did the delivery voyage from Glasgow to NZ on the Koraki after working on it as an apprentice. I sailed with him on the Athelviscount.
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Old 4th February 2012, 06:26
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I joined the Koraki in Wellington after her delivery as a cadet on my first voyage
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Old 6th February 2012, 03:51
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Lost contact with Bill Young from Aukland .Sailed on Union Co ships ,and was with the Union Co ashore , stevedoring. I think he had a mates ticket. lived in Devonport.
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Old 1st April 2013, 05:34
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Lost contact with Bill Young from Aukland .Sailed on Union Co ships ,and was with the Union Co ashore , stevedoring. I think he had a mates ticket. lived in Devonport.
i worked with bill as a foreman stevedore . lost contact with him when i shifted to the harbour board
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Old 1st April 2013, 09:09
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Hi Gordon, didn't know you were on this site. nice to know your still around.
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Hello old shipmate (Tui), just stumbled across your post and thought you might like to know that I'm still alive and kicking.
Regards, Allan.
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Old 4th April 2013, 05:25
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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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Old 27th April 2013, 04:18
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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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Chris, I will attatch a photo of some crew members taken when we'd all just got the sack(Except myself). Just wondered if you were among them.
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Old 29th April 2013, 14:32
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Hello Chris, I'll have another try. Allan
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Old 30th April 2013, 11:24
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Good photo Allan, however I do not feature. I transferred to the Arataki when we were redundant. The person on the left is Murray Cater and I see Dave Durham near the back and I think that is the chief engineer Joe Wright on the right.
Thanks , Chris.
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Old 1st May 2013, 05:59
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Good photo Allan, however I do not feature. I transferred to the Arataki when we were redundant. The person on the left is Murray Cater and I see Dave Durham near the back and I think that is the chief engineer Joe Wright on the right.
Thanks , Chris.
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.
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Old 10th April 2014, 09:48
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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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Old 10th April 2014, 14:20
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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.
Interesting ship Allan, was she built for purpose or a conversion from something else? Regards, Chad.
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Old 10th April 2014, 23:00
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hi there i was deck boy on the kauri at the end of 56 and the start of 57 .but by the sound of it you were well before my time ivan t govorko
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