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I am looking for a colour photos of the SS Waitamata and SS Waihemo. These two ships were on the Trans-Pacific run and are ex Canadian ships whose Canadian Names ended in "....... Park"

SS Waihemo 1944 - 7306 tons grosss - 430 feed in lenght - 57 feed wide - speed 11 knots - SR powered and single screwed.

SS Waitamata 1946 - 7360 tons gross - 440 feet in lenght - 57 feet wide - speed 11.5 knots - SR powered and single screwed.

SS Waiotapu Have no other information other than she was in the fleet before and during WW 2. Wanted for a post about the ship during ww2.

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Blair Lagerstedt
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Hi Blair;

Can't help you with photos, and it may be the spelling for Waitamata is in question. The following is from the New Zealand Maritime Site, and hope this helps.
Cheers,
Rory

Vessel Name: WAIHEMO
Vessel ID: 1175581
Official No: 175581
Vessel Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 7,364 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1944
Engine: Steamship
Date of Fate: 1972
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 44 times between 1 Jul 1946 and 3 Nov 1966 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex DOMINION PARK-1946, Ex FORT MACKINAC (L).
Renamed MARIA SUSANA-1966.

Vessel Name: WAITEMATA
Vessel ID: 1172876
Official No: 172876
Vessel Type: Motor vessel
Tonnage: 7,364 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1946
Engine: Motorship
Date of Fate: 1973
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 50 times between 2 Jan 1947 and 5 Mar 1967 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex SELSEY BILL (L).
Renamed AMELIA-1967.


Vessel Name: WAIOTAPU
Vessel ID: 1144637
Official No: 144637
Vessel Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 6,035 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1913
Engine: Steamship
Date of Fate: 1948
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 36 times between 3 Jul 1924 and 12 Feb 1943 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex STOLBERG-1919.
Renamed VICTORIA PEAK-1946, Renamed SHAHROKH-1946, Renamed DAH HUNG-1947.
 

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SS Waitemata

Hi Blair,

I am attaching an old photo of the Waitemata at anchor off Rarotonga that I took in 1965. I sailed as an ordinary seaman on both the Waitemata and the Waihemo in 1965/66 and would love to see any photo's of either ship that you might have received.

Regards, Tony Conroy
 

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I served in both Waitemata and Waihemo in 1962 and 1963 when we were on trans pacific run as an O/S andA/B Sharkie Price ex naenae boy now living in uk
 

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I can not remember the Waihemo doing 11 knots more likely 9 knots.
I was a cadet on her 1959, loaded sugar in Fiji and drydocked in Vancouver
 

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I served in both Waitemata and Waihemo in 1962 and 1963 when we were on trans pacific run as an O/S andA/B Sharkie Price ex naenae boy now living in uk
Hi Sharkie hope you remember me. Shock to see your name and bought back many old memories. have'nt seen anyone for years. last saw you when I was on the Calm at Wellington I think you must have been on the shore gang. Hope all is well with you. Garry King ex Waihemo.
 

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Hi Blair,

I am attaching an old photo of the Waitemata at anchor off Rarotonga that I took in 1965. I sailed as an ordinary seaman on both the Waitemata and the Waihemo in 1965/66 and would love to see any photo's of either ship that you might have received.

Regards, Tony Conroy
Hi Tony.,
My name is Marcus and I'm from Rarotonga..have u posted that old photo of the Watemata?..I'd really like to see it cos I've been looking 4 1 n can't find 1..

Thanks m8 ..
 

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Hi Blair;

Can't help you with photos, and it may be the spelling for Waitamata is in question. The following is from the New Zealand Maritime Site, and hope this helps.
Cheers,
Rory

Vessel Name: WAIHEMO
Vessel ID: 1175581
Official No: 175581
Vessel Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 7,364 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1944
Engine: Steamship
Date of Fate: 1972
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 44 times between 1 Jul 1946 and 3 Nov 1966 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex DOMINION PARK-1946, Ex FORT MACKINAC (L).
Renamed MARIA SUSANA-1966.

Vessel Name: WAITEMATA
Vessel ID: 1172876
Official No: 172876
Vessel Type: Motor vessel
Tonnage: 7,364 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1946
Engine: Motorship
Date of Fate: 1973
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 50 times between 2 Jan 1947 and 5 Mar 1967 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex SELSEY BILL (L).
Renamed AMELIA-1967.


Vessel Name: WAIOTAPU
Vessel ID: 1144637
Official No: 144637
Vessel Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 6,035 gross
Owner: UNION STEAMSHIP CO. OF NEW ZEALAND LTD.
Built: 1913
Engine: Steamship
Date of Fate: 1948
Type of Fate: Broken up
Vessel Abstract: Visited Auckland 36 times between 3 Jul 1924 and 12 Feb 1943 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).
Ex STOLBERG-1919.
Renamed VICTORIA PEAK-1946, Renamed SHAHROKH-1946, Renamed DAH HUNG-1947.
There was a fourth one of the group, ex park boat, Canadian crewed and flagged, in union company colours, it was called the Wairuna I saw her several times in Vancouver ? or could have been port albernie Vancouver island Cheers Sharkie Price Ex AB on the NZ coast
 

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There was a fourth one of the group, ex park boat, Canadian crewed and flagged, in union company colours, it was called the Wairuna I saw her several times in Vancouver ? or could have been port albernie Vancouver island Cheers Sharkie Price Ex AB on the NZ coast
I was a 18 years old and a Cadet aboard the Wairuna . My first ship with Captain Ostenfeld as master, and Mr Waite F/O. I remember Gin and Tonics with the officers at the Grand Pacific Hotel . Getting very drunk in Seattle at Christmas and climbing the foremast topmast to retain the flag that lost its Halyard, having snapped in the morning when I sent it up. I got soundly told off for that ! Being on the bridge when we were negotiating the mass of lights off Flattery which was the Salmon fishing fleet. Meeting huge seas off the same area when leaving Vancouver and seeing the port lifeboat lifted off it's bedding with the seas. Losing my brand new cap overboard in the gale. falling in love with a girl in Papeete, but French was never my strongpoint. Quinns Hut!! Memories!
 

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Interesting article on the Wairuna. I had heard of this vessel but never saw it. Next time I speak to Sharkie Price I must ask him re this ship. Thankyou for the story gives one a smile. Garry.
 

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Hi Blair,

I am attaching an old photo of the Waitemata at anchor off Rarotonga that I took in 1965. I sailed as an ordinary seaman on both the Waitemata and the Waihemo in 1965/66 and would love to see any photo's of either ship that you might have received.

Regards, Tony Conroy
Hi Tony
We never met, however I like to see the photo you took of Waitemata at anchor off Rorotonga. I think I must have replaced you as O/S on Waitemata whilst you joined Waihemo. I Joined Waitemata in early 66, done two trips. Tom Connelly was bosun when I joined.
 

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Hi Tony
We never met, however I like to see the photo you took of Waitemata at anchor off Rorotonga. I think I must have replaced you as O/S on Waitemata whilst you joined Waihemo. I Joined Waitemata in early 66, done two trips. Tom Connelly was bosun when I joined.
Have just downloaded the photo you took, thanks
 
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