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TSS Maheno built by Wm. Denny & Bros in Dumbarton in I think 1904. I believe she served on the trans Tasman run. She was a hospital ship in WW1 and declared unseaworthy in 1935. On the way to Japan for breaking up she ran aground on Fraser Island off the east coast of Australia. During WW2 the RAAF used her for gunnery practice.

These photos show her at launching and wearing her Sunday best. The last one shows her sad end, incidentally that is my Nissan Patrol in the foreground, I would never visit Fraser Island without paying my respects to her (Sad)
 

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What a sad end for a lovely looking ship, only 30 years in service before being declared unseaworthy, I wonder what was the cause - was she damaged in some accident to cause her downfall ? Great photographs Derek.

It has always amazed me the number of ships that founder for various reasons on their way to breakers. Its almost as if they dont want to go !
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Yes Mike she was a beautiful ship they don't make them like that anymore. I don't know why she was found unseaworthy, I would have thought she was built to last forever.

I saw a photo of her stern whilst she was being built and she actually had three propellors which I would think would be revolutionary in these days.

Another thing that intrigued me about her was that she was sometimes referred to as the TSS Maheno.....why the "T". The only thing I can think of is that she was used as a hospital ship in WW1 so maybe it stood for troop ship, what do you think?
 

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Derek & Julian. I think we can rule out Turbine SS unless she was re-engined, Troop or Training (in the medical sense like so called Teaching Hospitals nowadays) either could be applicable but I prefer the latter. Based on no knowledge at all !

Its a pity your excellent picture of her launch Derek wasnt taken a couple of seconds earlier then we could have seen her three props ! Hindsight is great isnt it !
 

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MAHENO (5,283grt) was built by Denny's of Dumbarton in 1905 at a cost of 153,000 pounds. One of the Union Company's most attractive steamers she accommodated 254 first-class and 201 second-class passengers and was hailed as the most beautifully appointed liner of her time. As originally built she was a triple screw direct drive turbine steamer but was a heavy consumer of coal and not particularly well liked by her firemen and trimmers.
In 1914, she was converted to twin screw propulsion with geared turbines and it was claimed that MAHENO was the first ocean-going passenger liner to be so equipped. The work was carried out at Port Chalmers and immediately achieved a 25% reduction in fuel consumption.
In her early years, she was engaged on the trans Tasman run and did two trips to Vancouver in 1906. In World War I, she was a hospital ship, being taken over by the NZ Government for this purpose in 1915. Her later years saw her engaged in service between Melbourne and Wellington via South Island ports.
In 1934 after a lengthy lay-up in Port Chalmers, she was given a thorough overhaul and completely refurbished before she resumed in the Melbourne service. (I should at this point add that I can find no reference anywhere as to her being declared unseaworthy).
Sold to Miyachi K.K.K., of Kobe and Osaka in 1935, MAHENO left Sydney on 3 July 1935 in tow of OONAH, but broke adrift on 8 July and grounded on Ocean Beach, Fraser Island on 9 July. She was used as target practice for RAAF aircraft during World War II, but can still be seen today as evidenced by the photos in the first post.
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I also have spent hours trying to find out why she was considered unseaworthy David, but with no success. As a last resort I am thinking of contacting the Union Steamship Society in NZ to see if they can shed any light on it.

Interesting she was converted from triple screw to double, that wouldn't have been cheap. I also note she did 17 1/2 knots on her sea trials, not too shabby for 1905.
 

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Cost to convert was 20,000 pounds. On her maiden voyage from Melbourne to Sydney, she reached a top speed of 19 knots and averaged 18 knots - a record that was not broken for 25 years. As you say - not too bad for those days.
 

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David where on earth are you getting all that info from? What is your secret, please please share it with me (Applause) (Applause)
 

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maheno book

dear Derek
i have been researching a book on the Maheno for the past 5 years and have hundreds of photo's and artifacts from the vessel. I am currently trying to raise funds to self publish as well as organizing other artifact owners to put together a public display to coincide with the 70th anniversary of her grounding in july.
in Maheno's case the T.s.s stands for Turbine steam ship being one of the first turbine powered passenger ships in the region(She was the 2nd Turbine steamer built by W.M.denny for the U.S.S.Co being preceeded by the T.s.s Loongana of 1904 ). She was never actually declared unseaworthy but her Survey Certificate had expired while she was layed up in Sydney due to slackness of trade in 1935 and the U.S.S.Co decided to sell her rather than re-survey giving a clue as to her condition.
 

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Maheno

Many thanks for that mahenoguy, I hope you are still around on this site when the book gets published. She was indeed a revolutionary and beautiful vessel and I can't wait to read of her exploits.
 

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thunderd said:
David where on earth are you getting all that info from? What is your secret, please please share it with me (Applause) (Applause)
Derek, it's called a reasonably well stocked home reference library and years of collecting bits and pieces, which my wife keeps telling me to sort out!
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David don't you dare throw any of that "stuff" out. Just remember wives go before treasures LOL
 

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Specially for Derek, some piccies of MAHENO I found while looking for something else!
Photos from Union Company's house magazine "Under Way", September 1982.
 

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Lovely stuff david thank you. Don't know if you've been to Fraser Island lately but there is not much of her left. I'm possibly going up there for the Toyota fishing classic next month so I will take some photos of her present state.
 
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