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  1. HMNZHS Marama (I)

    Union SSCo's 'Marama' as a hospital ship in WWI. Not sure what category this should be in. Marama Built: 1907, Caird and Co, Greenock Tonnage: 6,437grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1915: Commissioned as hospital ship 1919: Decommissioned and refurbished for passengers, 1920. 1938: Broken up, Japan.
  2. Monowai (II)

    M.V. 'Monowai' (II) from Sydney Harbour Bridge, c.1930? Lokks like early in her career. Monowai Built: 1925, Harland and Wolff, Greenock. Tonnage: 10,852grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1925: Built as 'Razmak" for P and O 1930: Transferred to Union SSCo, r/n 'Monowai'. 1960: Broken up...
  3. Maunganui at Milford Sd

    S.S. 'Maunganui' visiting Milford Sound on voyage from Melbourne to Dunedin, 1938. Maunganui Built: 1911, Fairfield SB and Engineering Co, Govan. Tonnage: 7,527grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1947: Sold Cia Naviera del Atlantico, Piraeus, r/n 'Cyrenia'. 1957: Broken up Savona.
  4. Manuka, USSCo

    Postcard of S.S.'Manuka', 1909. Manuka Built: 1903, Wm Denny and Bros, Dumbarton Tonnage: 4,505grt Owners: Union SSCo, NZ 1929: Wrecked at Nugget Point, S. Otago, NZ, 16.12.1929
  5. Oreti

    Snapshot of S.S. 'Oreti', somewhere in New Zealand. Not sure whose colours she's in. Oreti Built: 1877, Kincaid and McQueen, Dunedin, NZ Tonnage: 219grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ Previous owners: E.P and H.Houghton and Partners, Dunedin (1877-80), Henderson Law, Dunedin (1880-81), F.H.King...
  6. Waipiata

    Small snapshot of Union SSCo's 'Waipiata' arriving Lyttelton c.1950 Waipiata Built: 1926 Napier and Miller Ltd, Glasgow Tonnage: 2,826grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1950: Collided with Shaw Savill's 'Taranaki', 5.5.1950 1956: Sold to John Manners and Co, Hong Kong, r/n 'San Roberto' 1963...
  7. Rangatira (I)

    Small snapshot of Inter-island ferry 'Rangatira', Lyttelton Rangatira Built: 1931 Vickers-Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Tonnage: 6,152grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ Beautiful ship which I travelled on in 1961. Had a number of 'scrapes' during a lond and eventful career 1967: Broken up Hong Kong
  8. Kakapo

    Small snapshot of Union SSCo's 'Kakapo' arriving Lyttelton, c.1950's Kakapo Built: 1937 Alex Stephen and Sons, Glasgow Tonnage: 2,498grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1960: Sold to Cia de Nav Victoria Neptuno SA, same name 1964: Sold to Teh-Hu SS Co (Hong Kong) Ltd, R/N Teh-Ping 1970: Broken up Kaohsiung
  9. Koromiko (II)

    Small snapshot of Union SSCo's 'Koromiko' arriving Lyttelton, c.1950's Koromiko Built: 1947 Alex Stephen and Sons, Glasgow Tonnage: 3,552grt Owners: Union SSCo, New Zealand 1967: Sold to San Jeronimo S.S.Co, Panama, r/n 'Jose Regidor' 1970: R/n 'New Cronulla' 1974: Grounded and abandoned...
  10. Wairata, Lyttelton

    Snapshot of 'Wairata' arriving Lyttelton, c.1950 Wairata Built: 1943 Pennsylvania Shipyards Inc, Beaumont, Texas for U.S.War Shipping Admin, Type C1-A 1943: Built as 'Cape Igvak' 1947: Transferred to Grace Line Inc. 1947: Sold to Union SSCo of NZ, r/n 'Wairata' 1967: Sold to Ta Teh SSCo...
  11. Waipori (II), Lyttelton

    Snapshot of 'Waipori' (II) arriving Lyttelton, c.1950. Waipori Built: 1938 R.W.Hawthorn, Leslie and Co, Hebburn Tonnage: 4,282grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1965: Sold to Teh Hu SSCo, Hong Kong, r/n 'Pacific Mariner' 1967: Sold to Kimberley Sg Corp, Panama, same name 1969: Broken up Hong Kong.
  12. Kaimanawa (II)

    Kaimanawa departing Lyttelton, early in her career, as she is sporting USSCo's black and buff livery. Kaimanawa (II) Built: 1944 Henry Robb Ltd, Leith Tonnage: 2,577grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1966: Sold to Madrigal Sg Co Inc, Manila, r/n 'Rosa Anna' 1967: Grounded on Sibuyan Is...
  13. Rata and Waimea

    Anchor's 'Rata' alongside bigger sister, Union SSCo's 'Waimea'. Rata Built 1929 Bow, McLachlan and Co, Paisley Tonnage: 974grt Owners: Anchor Shipping and Foundry Co, Nelson, NZ Fate: Broken up Hong Kong, 1959. Waimea Built: 1953 A.Stephens and Sons, Glasgow Tonnage: 3,657 Owners...
  14. Matua

    USSCo's Matua catching the morning sun in Auckland,1968. Matua Built: 1936 Hawthorne Leslie, Hebburn Tonnage: 4,193grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1968: Sultan K.L. 1970: Broken up Kaohsiung.
  15. Matua

    Matua arriving Auckland c.1950's. Known affectionately as the 'Banana Boat', she traded between NZ-Pacific Islands, carried about 40 passengers. Matua Built: 1936 R and W Hawthorn Leslie and Co, Hebburn Tonnage: 4,193grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1968: Sultan K.L. 1969: Driven ashore at...
  16. Sail and Steam

    Bought at Wellington Maritime Museum. Shows USSCo's 'Monowai (I)', built 1890/3,433grt, and the iron barque 'Manurewa', 1884/371grt (A.H.Turnbull).
  17. Waikare (II) arr.Auckland

    Waikare arriving Auckland c.1960's Waikare Built: 1958 A.Stephen and Sons, Linthouse Tonnage: 3,839grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1975: Maldive Sailor 1977: In collision with tanker 'Japan Daisy' off Cape Comorin 19.6. 1977 and abandoned sinking 20.6.1977, on passage, Karachi-Colombo.
  18. Union Nelson

    Union Nelson Built: 1980 Dong Hae, Ulsan Tonnage: 3,023gt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1980: Built as Sunny Karina 1981: Union Nelson 1986: Capricorna 1990: Polynesian Link 1991: Capsized alongside wharf at Suva, 12.10.1991-something to do with unloading cement? 1992: Broken up in situ.
  19. Rangatira (I) at Wellington

    Rangatira at Wellington. Photographer had problems with exposure. Bought at collectables fair. Rangatira Built: 1931 Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow Tonnage: 6,152grt Owners: Union SSCo of NZ 1967: Broken up Hong Kong.
  20. Ngakuta (II) dep. Auckland

    Ngakuta departing Auckland, c.1960's. This class of ship was a complete departure from previous USSCo ships, with all superstructure aft and five holds serviced by six cranes. All four ships in the class had long careers of 30 years or more. Ngakuta Built: 1962 Caledon, Dundee Tonnage...
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