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Hello, I do not have a photo, but remember TARANAKI as a sister to ZEALANDIC (lost in WW2),built 1928 , was present at Napier during 1931 earthquake. Had a reputation in SSA as unlucky with a number of collisions, after 72 voyages to NZ was scrapped in Japan in 1963. Her ships bell is in a primary school in the city New Plymouth ,Taranaki province in NZ.
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Thanks for the info John B. I believe she was a passenger ship at one time for the crew were accomodated in the old passenger accomodation, two to a cabin, unheard of in 1928.
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Hi there , I served on the Taranaki 1948 joined her in Brisbane as greaser, after serving on the Australian coast. Paid off in the UK. I went to Google "Taranaki" and found a good photo of her. Hope you have luck in finding what you are looking for. Kenneth
 

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This mighty counter sterned vessel, was the first ship I ever sailed on as an Apprentice in May '52. The Master was Captain Mark Bennett, RNR; C/O was Joe Wliiams; 2/O Dereck Aberdeen; 3/O John Bakewell; 4/O can see his Kiwi face but no name; Senior Apprentice Olaf Olesen[OW]; Appr. GG Saunders[OW]; Me and joined in NZ Apprentice James [Jimmy] Gillies?[spelling]. Our Captain had been the Captain of a destroyer flotilla during the Big Hate, and apparantly that was a big deal for a Merchant Shipp Master. Our Chief Engineer was Bill Fowler of whom our GG asked if he had been at sea in sail,[anyone over 40 was positively ancient to 17 y.o.s]. Bill, I'm glad to say snarled then laughed, great days, great men. Definite roll models and, I'm sure we tried to emulate them. I hope so anyway. I spent two years on this vessel and did several unusual trip for SS&A. NZ to San Franscisco, with frozen beef,then UK. Australia to Odessa, Venice, Rotterdam with wool,then UK with the freezer cargo. Happy days. Grifmar
 

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not sure from where but i have this pic-- shows something of the ship
 

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Hi Alan

Please find attached a pic of the bow of the Taranaki following a collision, in May 1950, with the Union SS Co's Waipiata off Wellington Heads. She rammed the Waipiata in the starboard side forward of the bridge and penetrated some 10 feet. Oxy-acetylene cutting equipment was required to seperate them. Repairs took four months.

Source:Shaw Savill & Albion - The Post-war fortunes of a shipping empire
Author: Richard P de Kerbrech
ISBN. 0 85177 3931

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John Shaw, Pretty sure that is Taranaki going into the Splot in Cardiff for a two month layup in 1953/4? Not bad atall. Grifmar


I don't think it is Cardiff. The tug made fast forward is the ATLANTIC COCK, built 1932 by A. Hall, Aberdeen for Gamecock Tugs, London. She and her sisters, CRESTED COCK and OCEAN COCK were all Thames River tugs. Broken up at Antwerp in 1970.

I would say this photo shows TARANAKI outbound from Royal Albert Dock. Of couse she could well be bound for Cardill for layup as you say.

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It is a good view. Is it pre-war ? I only sailed on Coptic 1959 and 1961 so Taranaki may not be identical but was not the CEO cabin up a deck overlooking the after decks. also I think that the crew's accomadation was moved but I see no portholes in this view. I will try to post a view which I found recently on ebay
John
 

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Hello Albert, I sailed on Taranaki for two voyages as 2nd Elect during 1951/52, she had a plaque in the officers' smoke room, from the people of the province of Taranaki, with thanks for the work done by the crew, following the earthquake.

Shad Sulzer blast injection engines and was built in 1927, scrapped in 1963, in Aioi in Japan. Terence Williams.
 

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Terence
the plaque would have related to Napier , she was one of the two merchant ships in port when the great quake hit in the 1930s. In 1960 we called into Napier on Illyric and our captain was still treated as hero as he had been on Taranki. It was said that for days the only electricity was provided by cable from the ships. There is a memorial to the work of the war ship which was in port , don't recall her name
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John, the warship you mention was the sloop HMS Veronica, who's crew did sterling work after the earthquake. She was berthed at the inner harbour, known as the Iron Pot, and because the seabed rose by 6feet, only just got out.The ships bell was/is found in the collonade on the Marine Parade in Napier. My father was 10 years old then, and remembered having to live outside for a few days because of aftershocks/falling chimneys.
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Reference my previous email, The Captain was still Mark Bennett, and the Chief Engineer was still Bill Fowler, two very great seafaring gentlemen.Terence Williams.R538301.
 

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William (Bill) Gallacher engineer on the Taranaki

Hi all,

read with interest your posts. I came across my fathers 'Certificates of Discharge' and saw that he served with Shaw Savill from Jul 51 until May 56. 4 trips with the Taranaki Jul 53, Feb 54 (2) & Aug 54. He was 10th, 8th and 6th engineer. It looks like Bennett was master for the first 3 and G. C. Gullin (?) for the last. Also on the Delphic, Cymric & Wairangi. Hoping someone may have served with him or have photos. I also believe his brother Thomas Gallacher was an engineer with Shaw Savill. I always remember my father had a cream circular ashtray with a metal Shaw Savill crest in the middle. Any help or advice would be greatfully received.

Bryan Gallacher
 
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