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Waipori 1938-1965. Built by R W Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd.Sold to Teh Hu Steamship Co Hong Kong 1965. Transferred Australia Pacific Shipping Co (HK) Ltd hong Kong 1965. Renamed Pacific Mariner 1965-67. sold Kimberley Shipping Corp. Panama 1967..kept same name but Panama Registry. Sold Ming Kee & Co Hong Kong shipbreakers and broken up 1969.
PS..do not think this vessel was SS but MV...maybe wrong.but happy to be corrected..she was on Steel run for many years and was a ship to get rid of any DR's.
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I obtained the photo and information from a book called the "shoestring line: written by Clough Blair the chief officer at the time. He later became Captain and with others formed the "Tasman Steamship Co" which operated around the NZ and OZ coast as well sailings across the Tasman. In the early years all the Company vessels were crewed by share holders. In later years when the company grew the filled extra berths with union labour.
 

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the waipori was a steam ship i did the last trip on her before union co sold her i think she was originally laid out to be a coal burner as she had two saddle back hatches one between the bridge and funnel and one on the boat deck just aft of the funnel the used to load coiled wire down them if i remember i think she had nine fires down below , boat drill in port you used to stop cargo because she had rope falls on the boats and the only way to get them up again was to use the winches she loved to roll as well
 

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duncan montgomery said:
the waipori was a steam ship i did the last trip on her before union co sold her i think she was originally laid out to be a coal burner as she had two saddle back hatches one between the bridge and funnel and one on the boat deck just aft of the funnel the used to load coiled wire down them if i remember i think she had nine fires down below , boat drill in port you used to stop cargo because she had rope falls on the boats and the only way to get them up again was to use the winches she loved to roll as well
Waipori, being a less efficient ship, was laid up for an extended period in Port Chalmers during a trade downturn in about 1958. Two engineers were kept on (I was one and an amazing rascal called Harry Hulmes was the other) and we lived in the local pub. The ship had a triple expansion steam engine. We used to carry steel from Newcastle and Port Kembla to southern ports in New Zealand. After I've gotten over my HMB Endeavour experiences, I shall look around for some photos...probably slides.
 

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John C said:
Waipori, being a less efficient ship, was laid up for an extended period in Port Chalmers during a trade downturn in about 1958. Two engineers were kept on (I was one and an amazing rascal called Harry Hulmes was the other) and we lived in the local pub. The ship had a triple expansion steam engine. We used to carry steel from Newcastle and Port Kembla to southern ports in New Zealand. After I've gotten over my HMB Endeavour experiences, I shall look around for some photos...probably slides.
sailed with harry humes on the kaitoke he has left the planet a few years ago
 

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duncan montgomery said:
sailed with harry humes on the kaitoke he has left the planet a few years ago

I too was on the Kaitoke but not with Harry. He was an amazing character with an unbelievable photographic memory. This did not stop him from having to enter the pub by the fire escape ladders when returning late...never remembered to ask for a key.
 

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Gidday I can remember the waipori I nearly joined her once in Dunedin with a O/S named Morry Rowe who was from dunedin, she was due to load the circus and take it to Sydney OZ, The elephants had to be chained to the deck on the after well deck. some of the circus hands travelled in gash cabins on the ship. Cheers Sharkie Price
 

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Gidday I can remember the waipori I nearly joined her once in Dunedin with a O/S named Morry Rowe who was from dunedin, she was due to load the circus and take it to Sydney OZ, The elephants had to be chained to the deck on the after well deck. some of the circus hands travelled in gash cabins on the ship. Cheers Sharkie Price
hi sharkie remember me ross mitchell.still in lyttelton.
 

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While we are talking about NZ ships of the early post war period can anyone recall the name of the shipping company started up by returned servicemen and plying the Tasman trade?
An old shipmate of mine and later work mate, second engineer Frank Jack was a crew member and he came from the RNZN where he served as an ERA on Achilles during the battle of River Plate and later on the Leander.
The shipping co went broke but I am trying to find some net reference to it.

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That would have been the Tasman Shipping Company , set up by Clough Blair with a few ex. serviceman two of which were Don Urqhart & Mick Ives . They started off with the "Wakakura", then upgraded to the "Viti", ex governor of Fiji's yacht.

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Hi Garry...

Good to hear from you. Things are good here in Lyttelton after quakes - looks quite different though!!.

Have you heard from Sharkie? if so how is he?

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Good to hear from you. Things are good here in Lyttelton after quakes - looks quite different though!!.

Have you heard from Sharkie? if so how is he?

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Hi Ross no have not heard back from Sharkie. Glad to hear all ok in Port. Last I went to NZ was for my sisters funeral the week of the big one so unable go over the hill. Look after self hope to hear more from you. Garry.
 

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I joined the 'Waipori' at Dunedin in August 61' but only lasted 7 days and for some reason paid off in Lyttetlon, can't remember too much I thinlk Capt. Richards was the Old Man then.
 

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Hi Stilwaters.
I joined the Waipori in Wellington in 58 Tauranga for paper and deck cargo of timber for Sydney, then down to Kembla for steel, had to leave Kembla in a hurry as a gale was kicking up, went back to our berth in Sydney where owing to the weather the skipper decided to have boat drill, I suppose it was just as well, as we launched the boat one davit collapsed leaving the boat hanging from the other, and one of the seamen in the drink. The skipper then made us load the boat on the after hatch in a cradle, saying we can launch it with the derricks, you will remember how she would roll on wet grass so we refused to sail her.
We held her up for three days, then the shore mob brought the davit back, when they found out that we had refused to sail they said it was ready two days ago. The skipper said he would DR the lot of the deck crew, but when we showed the shipping master the pics we took he refused.
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"Don't know why the WAIPORI was used for transporting the circus (Bullen's Circus, I think it was called) between New Zealand and Australia, but I do remember (as a kid) that she called at Dunedin, at least once to load it all - elephants included.
 

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I was deck boy in the Waipori in January 1956 when we moved Wirth's Circus from Picton to Wellington. Had an elephant break loose on the Picton wharf. Ran around a shed and smashed into several parked cars which were waiting to be loaded onto the Rangatira. Did my boys time on the N.Z. coast then into British, Scandanavian and Panama registered {American owned} ships. Came back to the coast many years later as relieving 2nd mate with the Union Company. Don't see any names that I remember on this site.
 

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Hi Dion.
I was on her later than you, May 58; my second ship on the coast, made sure I didn't get on her again, last ship the Karu before they sent her to the breakers; but she never got there sunk while under tow.
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