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HI Any of you old Union Steam hands know what became of the Konui and the Wiamati the best thing I remember about these great little ships was the grup eggs to order ect
 

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KONUI
Built 1949 by Henry Robb Ltd., Leith. 2,485grt.
Sold 1969 to Express Navigation (Pte.) Ltd., Singapore and renamed BONATRADE.
Sold 1974 to Tung Wo Shipping Co. S.A., Panama and renamed TUNG LEE.
Sold 1977 to Syarikkat Perkapalan Bersinar Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur and renamed BERJAYA. She had several different Managers in this period.
Sold 1983 to P.T. Perusahaan Pelayaran Nusantara Nagah Berlian, Indonesia (same name)
Sold 1983 to Golden Sea International Co. Ltd., Bangkok and broken up at Bangkok.

WAIMATE
Built 1951 by Henry Robb Ltd., Leith. 3,506grt.
Sold 1972 to Eastern Shipping Lines Onc., Manila and renamed EASTERN PLANET.
Sold 1977 to Skyluck Steam Ship Co. S.A., Panama, and renamed SKY LUCK.
On 7 Feb 1979, she arrived at Hong Kong laden with Vietnamese refugees. She drifted aground on Lamma Island on 29 June 1979 after her anchor chain was cut. At this point she was seized by Hong Kong authorities and demolition ordered. She was refloated on 12 April 1980, towed to Junk Bay and demolition was completed by 24 May 1980.
 

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thank's for the photos and info lads now can anyone tell me the name we used to call the New Cri opposite the pickup in Aukland I think it was Ann something or other since I've started on this site the i've been hveing senior moments trying to remember some of the places
 

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That was the KOKIRI. Two men were killed when a mystery explosion occured in the forward hold as she was arriving in Wellington on 13 March 1965. It was thought to be caused by a build up of coal gas.
 

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Kokiri

Hi All,
Kokiri had an explosion in the forward hold believed to have been a build up of coal gas which ignited by a spark from opening the hatches. It happened on the 13th March 1965 as she was arriving in Wellington. The forward hatch blew over the wheelhouse and to this day has not been found. Two crew members were killed.
The Kokiri was unique for the U.S.S.Co as she was gearless and was designed to be loaded solely by grabs, shutes, and railway wagons and to be discharched by grab cranes
Built by Henry Robb Ltd Leith in 1951. 2470GRT.
Sold to E-K Litonjua Steamship Co Inc of Manila, Phillipines and renamed Junior K.L.
1971 Lost in typhoon without trace on passage from Tanjong Mani to Hong Kong.


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Gary
 

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thank you,shifting through the grey matter,the konui was my first ship on the kiwi coast[slap slap]
 

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(*)) I was on the Melbourne Star in Wellington the night the kokiri went up she was berthing ahead of us. It was near the floating drydock. we had our boats in the water to tighten the seams so went to the aid. I remember in the daylight it was not a pretty sight. Our master was George Bowden the mate was Nuelans bosun Ian McaKinnon fromTiree the lampie was Jimmie Marsden from Belfast a happy ship
 

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thanks for that peter ,it's been bugging me for god knows how long ,senior moments creeping in I think
 

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The old criterion in albert street was known as ann powels.Then it closed down and the governer of the criterion took over the ambasadars nick named the blood house. witch he named the new criterion.The old criterion was meant to be done up so we were told and reopened witch never happened and they bolled it over back handers.cheers
 

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Thats right Jim It was diesel/electric kind of set up ,if I remember right you could have one engine on ahead and the other on astern and phase one out and then the other in when manoeuvring,


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Old Collier hand.

The Konui was my second ship on the coast as deck boy in '59 and I have six disgharges from her, the last in 67. I grew to like the coal run so much I sailed on all the colliers (EXCEPT the Kaitawa and Kokiri) as Bucko and AB, and Bosun later on the Kawatiri. I have fond memories of the Konui,and I remember Jimmy Hewit was bosun who became a great union official and Paddy? McDermot was Storekeeper. Its hard to forget Jimmy Hewitt who dealt to a bunch of Aussie matelots single handed in the 'Bunch' (up from 15 Darling Harbour Sydney) on one of the trans Tasman R & R trips the colliers used to get. We also did a trip to Bunbury in WA to load sleepers. We were two weeks at sea south about Tassie to Dunedin and ran short of water- before watermakers. Good seamen, good shipmates on the colliers. I have a pic of her steaming up to Dunedin and a poem " The Ballad of the West Coast colliers" if anyone is interested.
Cheers, off for a bevvie.
 

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While all you ex Union Co blokes are on this subject can anyone recall the name of the specialist single hold pole carrying ship that the Union Co had on the NZ- Coffs Harbour run. She used to ship all the long hardwood poles to NZ for the NZED and the Power Boards. They used to say that if you crewed on this ship there was a 50/50 chance that you would marry a Coff's Harbour girl
 
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