NZ Govt ship 'Matai' at Milford Sound. Looks more like a yacht in this pic.
Built: 1930 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn
Owners: NZ Govt
1963: Sold to G.Zee, Hongkong, r/n 'Zetai Star'
1965: Broken up, Hongkong.
Matai was built for the NZ Government, finding use as a lighthouse tender, cable-layer and latterly as a Foveaux Strait ferry, between Bluff and Stewart Island. I remember doing the Stewart Island voyage in 1961 as part of a 9 day school trip. It was blowing a gale, normal for Foveaux Strait, and I