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I've just been reading my uncle's (John Barnes)
diary of his passage to London on the Rangitoto (12th June 1954
to 12th July). He wrote a page for every day aboard the ship and
I was surprised to find I couldn't put it down. He had a ball
and made great friends. A diary entry two months later - broke
and heart broken in London he reminisced, "Tonight I heard music
from 'South Pacific' and lived once again for a moment or two in
the Rangitoto's ballroom." Joanna Carey
Joined MV Otaio Spt.
63,course 6, voy. 12/13 as Eng. Apprentice (we were never cadets
as we were fully indentured!) During this period the Duke of
Edinburgh visited Otaio, then Poplar Tech. for 2nd year.
Northumberland, Hurunui, Hinakura as Eng. Apprentice
Phase 3 Poplar Tech then
Devon from1969 to 71 rising
to 3rd Eng.
Otaio (HT) Dorset 71 to 72.
After regrouping - Advocate (HT)Hain Line, Nardarna B.India.
Couldn't handle P&O ways so joined Esso Petroleum (£ month
trips) until retiring as Chief Engineer 1999. Most years with
Esso but best years with NZS Co.
I have two books on NZS One
hard back A4 size called "Crossed Flags" published by World Ship
Society ISBN 0905617878 & Merchant Fleets No 7 (on NZS &
Federal) TCL Publications ISBN 0946378029 - actually bought this
from a now defunct bookshop in Falmouth, Cornwall. No books on
Esso!! Only names that come to mind from joining are Dave Wilson
& John Boxall, there was a tall lad called Fred ???. John Boxall
emigrated to S.Africa, Dave Wilson went to Cleveland area,
ending up director (?) of a company fitting anodes to ships
Anyone out there remember?
I can come back with some stories again.
Haydn Gwyn Thomas
Editor: You do that - I have sent you a private email
introducing you to someone else who lives in your local area who
you can share your stories with.
Hi once again, this site is
I read on a previous item
about a Chief Engineer called Jim Clark of the Northumberland.
He was Chief when I and two other engineer apprentices joined in
Liverpool. So it must have been after the major engine disaster
because Jim Clark went on leave about one week after we arrived
in Australia. His reputation was such that when we sailed we
lost three junior engineers by the time we left the locks, that
put us three apprentices on watch as acting juniors! I do
remember he was a large man and used to scare the daylights out
of us, especially when you had to take the log book to him at
noon, as he used to give you a good grilling on the days logs.
It did train you know what you were recording and not just put
it in blindly! Though it probably helped a lot later in my
career when I was Chief reading log books. The engine room
entrance door kept changing colour from white (as Jim wanted it)
to black (as the second engr. wanted it, (he was a steam chief
doing motor time)! This dispute kept us amused for a long time.
Jim Clark also had a reputation of clearing the cheese board on
his way to his seat in the saloon, to keep him going while he
waited for his meal!
NZS/Fed. certainly had some
characters, most of which i seemed to have sailed with!!!
Cheers guys, anyone
remember the Doxford song? I'll print what i remember another
time Haydn (probably remembered as "Taff"
Sailed in Papanui as Junior Engineer
1950-1952 (5 voyages)
I am interested to know
what tonnage was the Rangatiki that sailed to Australia and New
Zealand for 10pound fares in 1952,1954, I was a 16yr old boy
working on the ship at that time for the New Zealand shipping
company. Anthony Ralph Compton
As an ex Radio Officer with
NZSC in the 60's serving aboard Dorset, Cumberland, Cornwall and
Hurunui I read with interest Simone and Bryn Davies article
regarding Peter and Leif Selwood. Both Peter and Leif where both
shipmates of mine. They both played on our 1962 Auckland shield
winning football team. Leif sadly passed away but if anybody can
help me get in touch with Peter I would be most grateful as I
have pictures of him and his brother to pass on.
Regards to everyone who
Cheers Lawrie Summers
I am from Liverpool England
and am interested to know if anyone remembers my grandfather
John (Jack)Thomas Tunstall. He worked for the New Zealand
Shipping Co from 1937-1967 as ships butcher/assistant cook. He
was on the maiden voyage of the Suffolk in 1939 was on her
throughout the war including the only time she sailed in convoy
in 1942 as the Commodore ship.
At some point he was on the
Paparoa although I don't know exactly when only that at least
one time he was on voyage 20. I know this because he gave my
Mother the homeward track chart from the Paparoa of voyage 20
from New Zealand to Spain/ France, who in turn passed it on to
I know that the Chief
Steward on a lot of his voyages was Tommy Dumbell who I remember
meeting as a child.
Also in 1950 and 1954 his
Captain was Cpt. Rodger Dell. It is possible that this was on
In later years (up to 1967)
my grandfather, Jack Tunstall, was store keeper for the NZS
company at Gladstone Dock. I have many fond childhood memories
of visiting on the ships when in dry dock and having afternoon
tea with the chief steward or captains and amusing the crew when
I said I felt "sea sick".
Our family also became good
friends with Captain Dell and his family and visited them a few
times in Falmouth , Cornwall.
Sadly in 1967 my
grandfather took sick and was diagnosed with acute bronchitis
and was signed off work. This turned out to be lung and colon
cancer and he passed away in a lot of pain in the April of the
following year on my cousins 21st birthday.
I now live on the banks of the Panama
Canal and often smile and think of my grandfather passing by on
It is with sad news that I wish to inform
you all our old mate Graham Peers Passed away in Grand Bay new
Brunswick on the 31st Dec 2011
Hi great site. I first
sailed with nzsc/p&o on june74 on the Cumberland, had trips on
Strathdevon (gulf)Tongariro,(coastal) Somerset (nz) and spent
two years on the Tekoa from july76 till sept78 paid off in
Sharjah. I remember some of the crew ,the skipper was Sam
Household ,bosun Albert Mason ,abs, Jimmy Main , George Balls,
mad Mitch, Curley, Donald Crane, it was a great time to be at
sea ,now living in Gisborne NZ fishing since 1979. thanks off
Duncan Ian macdonald
Hi, I have started family
research on my grandfather, who served on the Essex when she was
bombed in Malta in Jan 16, 1941 - the year my grandmother died
in childbirth. We are trying to piece together stories, and find
that maybe the Essex was out of action for quite a while whilst
being repaired - and then returned to UK to go back into service
Could you point me towards any one who has knowledge of what
happened during the bombing - i.e. any personal stories or
official ones? There has been little family contact, due to
interesting circumstances, but apparently there could have been
some bravery displayed by my grandfather. Thanks for any info!
Hello I sailed on the SS Devon joining her in
Falmouth dry dock Dec 1969.The Devon is not mentioned on the
shipping lists. How can I find out more about this ship. Thanks
I sailed on the Rangitoto
out of Tilbury London 3rd December 1951 as a child migrant with
my group. arrived Wellington NZ 3rd January 1952.
I was nine years old and had no idea where I was going or why.
On board I sprained my ankle pillow fighting with other child &
teenage migrants of my group. Also I broke my wrist in the ships
cinema room having fallen off a stack of portable chairs.
The joke if true or not was the Captain stopped or slowed the
ship so that the Doc could set my wrist.
We had a deck photo taken with my group and myself sitting in a
lifebuoy to rest my heavily plastered arm & sore foot. Hence
tonylifebuoy I have this photo showing most of the ship name.
See my 20 minute doco film: The Boy in the Lifebuoy.
I am also in the process of
writing my full memoirs being published by my local area
heritage Trust. I was adopted by kind NZ parents in
Christchurch. I am still a kiwi boy at heart if born a Pom.
Please contact me to see if you would like to write a short
article of the Rangitoto for my book.
Their will be a section of support stories in my book.
Hoping to hear back from you Jeff or to whom it may interest.
Editor: Here is a great opportunity for anyone to
assist Anthony (Tony) with a shared story or two.
I am a nephew of the late Captain Jack
Collier Tucket,14/8/1883 - 12/12/1942, Master of the Hertford,
Dorset (Malta Convoy), and died aboard the mv Sussex in Sydney.
A record of his life has been developed for the family and is
available for others on request.
I have just loaded all of Jack Cotters photos onto the photo
Jack has given us photos of the Cornwall, Cumberland, Hurunui,
Middlesex, Norfolk, Northumberland, Papunui, Somerset,
Westmoreland, Whakatane, Whangaroa.
I was an apprentice with
NZSCo 1958-61, then deck officer until 1970. At the reunion
scheduled for next month in Auckland, I think it would be
appropriate to remember, amongst others, Graham Stuart- Jones
who died in an accident at sea on the OTAIO in 1959. To my
shame, I cannot even remember the date. Is there perhaps a
memorial anywhere. I have searched various web sites but cannot
find any reference to this very sad incident. Can anybody add
Editor: Email address is not a legitimate address
My Father Richard Hamilton Browne served with
the Old Company on the Piako and was on it when it was sunk by
U107 on the 18/05/41, after that he served on the Dorset from
13/12/41 to 17/2/42 when it was sunk as I visited him in
Liverpool hospital in 1942 as a very young lad. I have a Record
of service letter signed pp General Manager dated 7th January
1944 from 138 Leadenhall Street London E.C.3 Cheers. Peter
Just spent 2 hours reading
your great site. My grandparents James Joseph & Mary Ellen Dwyer
came to New Zealand with their 5 children as Steerage passengers
on board S.S. PAPAROA.
They left Liverpool early 1920 and arrived in Auckland 1st June
1920. They left with high hopes which were badly dashed once
There are stories about a very difficult sea voyage they had on
the way out. The ship ran out of food and they had to eat
potatoes and nothing else. The ship broke down and there was a
This brief note is all I have and would be interested if anyone
else was able to add to it as I am interested in the whole
voyage. Are ships logs available somewhere for these older
Steve Thomson (Dwyer)
I sailed 1955-58 Federal Steam - Essex,
Northumberland - anyone out there who remembers me - alias Tom
Thumb - I a guest at Second Engineers Tindale wedding in
Auckland about 57
Looking to organise a
reunion of the Course 11 Otaio Engineer Cadets (Voyages 16 &
17), Location will depend upon where they are all at and timing,
upon how long it takes to track them down!
So if any of the following
are around or if anybody knows of their whereabouts, please get
in touch: Bonnington (Nutter)), Cameron (Stunker), Davies
(Worm), Gillam (Horse), Hanley (David), Inkster (Gibby, Jacklin
(Don't over reaact!), Leith (Robbie), Oakley (Mess), Parkes
(Choppa),Sharpe (Fish), Smith (Grimsby),Torr (Whippet),Towner
(Nugz, Waddington (Hudd), Ward (Leaper), Winkle (Ears)
Don't think I've missed
anybody but please let me know if I have.
Thanks Nick Waddington
Hi, my father sailed on the
mv Rangitane in the late 60's. Almost 40 years ago my mother
washed, shrank and threw out his uniform jumper, a navy jumper
with crossed flags. I was wondering if there was anyone who had
a spare one, or one for sale? if not can anyone point me in the
right direction to acquire one?
This would make an old(ish)
man very happy. Thank you in advance. Neil Macarthur
Tryin to find and get in touch with anyone that
was aboard the Rangitane ship in 1958 coming from the Royal
Albert docks to New Zealand! I John Shadrake was the ships
writer the purser was Mr Cole. anyone remember me would be
interesting to share stories .. look forward to any
correspondence. John Shadrake
Does anybody remember a skipper on NZSC called
(Mad) Willie Dan....The best skipper I ever sailed with. I
was with him on the Middlesex. The Chief Cook was Tommy Nolan
(another mad bugger *smile*). I was second cook on there and the
crew were great. Rob Stafford
Attempting to find an old
ship mate (Alan Perrin) from the early 1960's on the "Rangi
Boats" He is mentioned in the comments of Brian Tyro who sailed
with Alan on the Turakina in 1970. I last saw Alan around 25
years ago when he was on a P&O container ship here in
Wellington. If anyone knows of his whereabouts now, I would be
grateful. I sailed with NZSC from 1960-64 first as galley boy on
the Hertford and Dorset before joining the Rangitiki, Remuera
and Rangitoto.Great memories! There were so many good guys, but
Alan had to be the "King of joker's and pranksters" during the
two plus years I sailed with him. Joe Mctaggart
I see you have the ship Ruapehu 1 list as year
of service 1901 to 31 but latter in the list you have the ship
broken up in 1911. did they build another on Thanks for your
help. Paul Luscombe
I am researching the
history of the vessel Papanui, built 1898, wrecked 1911 in the
Bass Strait, apparently without loss of life. My grandfather
(Leonard C. F. Gurr) was a crew member on this vessel and was
one of those shipwrecked Phil Gurr
I have been trying to find
John Evans who I used to work with in the seventies I have
posted in 2005 comments but my e mail address has since it is
calum.macleod5atbtinternet.com I was known as Mally
back then with the long hair but anyone who has any knowledge of
John could you please get back to me - many thanks, Calum
Good day Jeffrey.
Do you happen to have the updated email address of Jack Giles ex
engineering lecturer on Otaio to late '60's. I can see someone
else has asked the same question. His old email address (2002)
does not connect. He is still around as he gave a charity
donation this year. Appreciate your time. John Hughes ex cadet
I joined NZSCo in January
of 1969 as 2RO on the M.V. Hurunui. Consequently I sailed on the
S.S. Devon, M.V. Turakina, and M.V. Otaio. I have photographs of
all of these ships. I have some digitalised and many others in
print form. David Pickler
Joined MV Suffolk as junior Eng (first
tripper)1944/45 in Avonmouth for NZ via New Orleans & Manila.
With supplies for USA troops in Philippines. Engines:- 2 5cyl
centre scavenge Doxford Type ?, Polar atlas generators, Peter
brotherhood air compressor. Scavange trunk fire in port engine.
Not unusual. Good ship, c/eng. Prest,2nd Drumond 3rd.?,4th.
Briggs / Biggs?. Outward trip Wellington and Auckland. Home
round Cape Horn as Panama canal closed. Bunker oil in Venezuela
then to London Royal docks. Any one remember The cyl bore size
and type of Doxford? Was it J or later? L G Wrottesley
I remember a friend of mine in Wellington who
served as an engineer officer with the union line of the Union
Steamship Co. NZ between 1957 - 1961. His name was Denis Pollard
& I have lost contact since he went back to UK Does anyone have
any knowledge, memories or contact with Denis ?
Joined NZSCo in April 1959 on the Huntingdon. I
sailed mainly on Doxfords with a few runs on Sulzers. I
thoroughly enjoyed my time with NZS and count myself very lucky
to have joined such a great company. I have a couple of photos
taken of the officers before sailing on the Haparangi and
Rakaia. Bryan Curtis
Editor: Send the photos and I will load
them up for all to see.
I don't know if this is relevant but I came to
New Zealand from Great Britain in 1957 on the Captain Hobson
which broke down mid Atlantic and had to be towed to Auckland
instead of Wellington. Malcolm Elliott
Editor: Obviously not our ship
Jeff, the Suffolk had Doxford LB or LBD engines.
The D stands for diaphragm, bottom piston rod seal to crack
case. If there was no diaphragm it would have been LB. The "J"
type came much latter after the "P" type. The "J" type was in my
opinion the best engine Doxfords ever made. Graham Perkins
On 23rd September 1949, a 7
yr old boy, Julian Franklin, sailed with his mother Olive and 3
yr old twin sisters Rosemary and Jocelin to New Zealand to start
a new life. I was at school with Julian and was told that he
never reached New Zealand as he had died on board. I wonder if
anyone knows anything about this or about the family. I have
often wondered what became of them and thought of that poor
woman, setting out so hopefully and then landing in a strange
country without him.
Does anyone know of the
British ship which was dry docked in Wellington in 1951? Michael
McDonnell aka Patrick Donnelly was a crew member, may have
He was electrocuted on a
building in Petone Xmas eve 1951. He had a woman friend who we
would love to contact,or her family. I am his niece. This is a
My father, Lyall William
Harrison Evans known as Bill Evans UK number R10445 and NZ
Number R13172 served on the "Opawa" so I am told in 1934/35 does
anybody know of him and where he served and was he on board when
the Opawa was torpedoed.Thanks Huw Evans
I was a Deckboy on the MS
'Hinakura' from October 1954 to March 1955. We left Liverpool
for Australia via Suez, calling at Freemantle, Adelaide, Geelong
and Melbourne. There was a mixed cargo including a
Diesel/Electric Engine 'Strapped' to the Deck. We left OZ for
Wellington and New Plymouth taking on the usual Lamb and Butter
etc. for our return trip via the Panama
canal. In Curacao for
bunkers, we noted a number of ships that were very badly damaged
during a Stormy outward-bound passage, and wondered what our
fate would be on the final Leg back to the UK. The weather was
as expected - very Rough to say the least. The ship didn't keep
still for practically the whole 14 days at sea. I even
encountered the Ghost of a previous Skipper who reputedly
committed suicide on an earlier trip. This could well be
dismissed as eyewash but I'm quite sure this was my experience.
several years later I remember reading a newspaper report of a
seaman who jumped ship in New Zealand, later claiming to have
encountered this spectre.)
This latter voyage, and not
far off my 18th birthday, was enough to decide me to sign-up for
the Air Force - National Service was still going strong a the
My relatively short time in
the MN, was very interesting. There is only one name that Sticks
after all these years. That of an AB called Tom. Always ready to
give the Peggy of the week a helping hand, washing up dishes
after the evening meal. A very Kindly man.
The Boatswain and 'Most' of the
Deck-crew were from Stornoway, as I recall.
Seeking information on Radio Officer
Grahame Walker, serving on Rangatiki / Rangitata during the
Graeme & I were at radio school
together around 1948-49. We lived fairly close to each
other in the village of Ewell, in Surrey. We shared an
interest in radio and haunted the war surplus stores for
equipment, eventually ending up with ex-RAF 1155-54 stuff
which we shamelessly used to practice our morse code - no
licence of course!
The GPO finally pinched him but by that time we had our PMG
He went to sea with NZSC and I went
with Anchor Line and later Cunard. We lost touch after a
while but I thought it would be interesting to hear how my
former partners in crime had spent their lives.
I'm now a fully legal 'ham' (VE3NPT /
XE1FEX) and retired in Mexico. At my age there are not
many R/O s left and of course we're a dying breed now. If
you have any idea where Graeme might be I would appreciate
the info. Regards - George Selby
I wish to correct your
statement that Owen Shaw was editor of the New Zealand Herald. I
was a near contemporary of Owen's when he was a senior general
reporter on the Herald. Owen loved the Auckland waterfront and
shipping and as a new journalist i learnt a lot from him about
news gathering and writing, when I first joined the Herald as an
ex USSCo deck officer in 1967.
I don't think Owen ever aspired to hold a management type role
in the Herald because he was so good at picking up great human
interest stories. I understand Owen did wartime service with the
RNZAF as an observer on flying boats.
I covered the shipping scene for much of the 20 years I was with
the Herald. One of the greatest things about Owen was his
ability to gain the confidence of those he interviewed and make
a fair and colourful story out of it, wether it be a retired
British Admiral sailing around the world on a cruise liner or a
deck boy with talent for music who would later make an
international name for himself.
Owen was a great believer in the saying that every body had at
least one story to tell that was worth listening to.
I followed up today with a
member of Owen's family
Owen started his cadetship
in newspapers up at Kaitaia so like you I would imagine you had
to serve your apprenticeship going around all the country towns
before getting a job in the big smoke.
He loved sport and his
passion for the sea came from his father Harry who went to Hull
Maritime College. Harry went onto become master around the north
sea before migrating to Auckland where he started his NZ career
on the Waitamata Harbour skippering one of the ferries on the
Quay St to Devonport and Birkenhead
Owen went onto become
Features Editor and was given the title as Special Correspondent
when it came to visiting royalty and dignitaries.
Would I be presumptuous to
assume that in the Wilson & Horton era they give out byline
titles to emphasis the story that's been covered.
Would you like me to load your email up
onto the History site
Nice to learn about Owen's
background and it explains his love of the sea.
The Herald was very mean
about by-lines compared with today's media. They did not like '
personalities' apart from a few sports writers T.P Maclean
Don Cameron etc If he were
writing to today Owen would have had his own column and be a
well known media personality.
Most of my writing just had
' shipping reporter' on it unless it was a leader page or back
page feature and then they would give you a by-line
Yes go ahead with my
comments as Owen deserves a mention. As some one who had been at
sea he saw maritime events from a seafarer's point of view. I
can't remember him being the features editor, but it probably
just my memory as I left the Herald after 20 year in 1987
I had lunch with Peter
Scherer yesterday, former editor of the Herald at the tail end
of Owen' time. He confirms Owen was one of the top feature
writers at the herald in the Features department but Owen never
sought an editorship. It would have been a waste of his talent
as a writer to put in what is generally an administrative job.
Owen and I would often take a lunch time stroll down the
waterfront and yarn about ships and life in general
I believe was a Flight Lieutenant in the RNZAF while serving on
Catalina Flying Boats of long range surveillance flights in the
South Pacific. I am sure he had a good few stories to tell about
the war, but he hardly mentioned it.
I still have my sextant and all my nautical books have a small
yacht to keep in touch with the sea.
Incidentally I shipped out to New Zealand in the Waitaki as 4th
mate in 1964 (former NZSCo Whakatane) on her delivery voyage to
the USS Co after being taken over from NZSCo, and my parents and
brothers migrated to NZ on board the Remuera in 1964. They
arrived in NZ about two months before I did
Enjoyed Roy Vaughan's post.
Don't know who the Retired Admiral Roy refers to was but I guess
the Deck Boy with a talent for music was the late great Tommy
Steele. Think he sailed on Rangitane
Always interested to read about NZSCo which was not so much a
Company as an Institution!
I visited NZ's East Cape at end of last year and came across a
derelict NZSCo Loading Station. It's off the main road in
Tokamaru Bay. Attached are some photos that may be of interest.
Kind regards Len Chapman
Editor: The Tokomaru Bay photos are loaded on the photo
I'm sure Tommy will be
shocked to be referred to as "late" John Sutton
what year and whose entry does that refer to
Hi Jeff, it refers to Len Chapmans entry on 02/08/12 about
Tommy Steele, don't think he's passed yet!
Regards John Sutton.
Hi Jeff, You were asking about Potaro, she was
in the Royal Mail Line. I sailed on the Pipiriki on voy 45,46
and 48 as 6th and 5th engineer then was 2nd freezer on the
Hinakura when she had a major breakdown a day out of Auckland
and limped all the way to London. Been in touch with Hadyn
(taffy) and I saw Alex Hendersons name, think he was on the Pip
one trip. Brilliant work you are doing Jeff
Editor: Thank you
I am wondering whether know
of anyone who may produce a 2013 calendar depicting NZ seaports
or shipping (not necessarily NZ).
I am looking for any member of the crew that
sailed on the MV Cumberland to NZ April 1966. Morando
Sailed on Rangitoto from
Tilbury to Wellington in August - September of 1966, I was
12years old and still have many fond memories of that voyage. I
collect odd bits and pieces of Rangitoto memorabilia , and enjoy
reading the stories on this site.
Many thanks, Mark Scott
I worked as a Purser's Writer, on RMS
Rangitane, during 1965-6.
I believe my late father sailed from NZ to UK in 1945 / 1946 and
that I may possibly have a half sister born to a Betty Rhodes in
Wellington in 1946
Hi. I was wondering if you would be able to help
me with some research. I'm trying to find out the cost of a
passenger ticket from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to
Britain (UK), circa 1959-1960. It doesn't matter what company it
is with. I understand, Shaw Savill & Albion, NZ Shipping Company
& P&O, amongst others were offering passage to the UK back then.
I'm aware of the 10 pound deal offered to immigrants to NZ about
that time, but cannot find a definite price for the opposite
journey. I hope you can help. With Regards. Dallas Gopi.
Editor: The 10 quid offer was a
one way only to Australia and NZ. Poms had to pay the lines full
rate to go back to the UK, have no idea what that price was.
Suggest Edward Gibbons
Wakefield library in Wellington or get in touch with a
clairvoyant who could put in a free call to someone in the other
world who was connected to or was a paying passenger
Dallas: I think I'll go for the
I worked as a Purser's Writer, on RMS
Rangitane, during 1965-6.
I am looking for any one that sailed with my
uncle Spencer Faulkner think he was in engineering staff served
in MN ww2 was on Russian convoys and believe Malta convoys think
he was sunk 3 times last seen Wellington NZ 1949 he was on one
of the Rangi boats on its maiden voyage to NZ in 1949 then he
was in engine room thanks Steve
As you are looking for
information on the Papanui 1898 try looking on a site called
ships nostalgia its free and a very good site
Not seeking info, however,
thought you may like to know I was a war bride with a a baby in
tow on the m.v. Rangitata in February 1944-5 can't remember the
exact year think it was 1945 also on board were RAF personnel
going to Canada for training.
It was the most dreadful
journey taking some 21 days from Liverpool to Halifax, freezing
cold. However, I survived and still work as a news coordinator
for an international organisation.
You site is brilliant and I look forward
to exploring it more fully in the future. Cheers Jo-An Partridge
Tommy Steele, I joined Rangitiki (as an
apprentice) in the autumn of 1957 prior to joining Durham to
dockstaff and passed TS going down the gangway on to other
interests! Was the same term on the Conway as Dave Collick
(Otaio) Happy days!! Peter Robson
My Father recently passed
away and I am in the process of going through his old slides. I
have a number of slides of when I believe Dad was on the MV
Essex some time I believe to be in the mid to late 60s. The
photos are taken on the Panama Canal, Savannah Georgia USA,
Philadelphia, Boston and numerous engine room and crew shots.
There are also some photos believed to be in England with photos
of a bus used by the crew in some sort of parade.
Would you be interested in
Would it be possible to obtain my Fathers service history.
My Dads name is John Geoffrey Taylor
DOB 21/1/36 form Forbes NSW Australia.
He was a Ships Engineer (I'm not sure of what class)
I hope very much I hear back from you.
Regards Andrew Taylor
Editor: Hiya Andrew
I trust there is
someone out there who can offer you guidance and direction on
securing a service history and that's because I have no idea.
If the slides can
be converted into a) photos and then scanned and emailed or b)
digital JPG format and emailed .. I would gladly put the photos
up on the History of New Zealand Shipping. Any one who clicks
onto the photos will see that I acknowledge the contributor in
this case I would put your Dads name as well as yourself
Editor: Loaded all 68 photos on the
Essex as of 18th April 2013
My father, Peter, sailed in s.s. Devon in
1924 from Liverpool to Auckland, in t.s.s. Dorset from Colombo
to Port Said, possibly as mess room steward. Does that mean he
was working for NZ Shipping? He has written a few poems on these
trips. Also he was on s.s. Kaikorai in Geelong in Jan 1927. Is
this one of yours? Have photo of Devon and black cap ribbon. Can
share if you're interested.
Editor: Vessels that use English
county names ie .... Devon and Dorset are Federal Ships. The
Maori names are New Zealand Shipping vessels.
Could you kindly scan and email your
photo in jpeg and I will load it up in the photo section and
acknowledge your father as a contributor. Please keep the black
cap ribbon as a family memento.
Having sailed on the Rangitoto 1966 & 67 as
an engineer I have the officers list for those trips plus some
pictures, how do I put them on your website?
Editor: Scan and save in jpeg and
email your photos and i will load up
Editor: Loaded up the crew list on
20th April 2013 on the Rangitoto
Hi, I have attached 3 photo's that I
thought you might want to put on the history section of your
web site. One is of M.V Rakaia and M.V.Otaia and one of my
father in his deck uniform. My father was a deck boy on
board these ships between 1958 and 1960. I wonder if you
also might be able to tell me where I can obtain any records
of my father's time on board these ships.
Editor: Have received your
photos I will need to crop and paste before I load them up
I would love to hear from anyone that
served on M.V Rakaia or M.V Otaia, my late father Reginald
Stannard was a deck boy on these ships in 1958 to 1960. Can
anyone tell me where I might obtain his records for this period?
All I have is a picture of both ships and a photo of him in his
deck uniform. Many thanks Cheryl Thomson
I am looking for a man
called Billy Macdonald i believe he was on one of the Rangi
ships that docked in Auckland approx 1960 i believe he was
steward I am hoping someone may remember him and contact me.
also i would be interested to know if anybody knows of a Johnny
Clark who was also on one of the Rangi ships and possibly jumped
ship in Auckland around early 60s
I joined N.Z.S.Co 1963 to
1974 one of my most memorable trips was a treble header on the
Piako 1969 1970,Capt was Slasher Sladen.
My late uncle, Capt. Cyril
Austin Miller, was in the employment of the NZ Shipping company
from 1946-1972. He was the master on the SS Dorset, the
Wharanui, the Otaki, the Turakina, the Hinakura, the Westmorland
and possibly others. I have in my possession his ships logs from
1961 to 1972, some photographs and a capacity plan for the
building of the SS Dorset. Do you have a museum for such items?
Editor: If you scan the photos
and the capacity plan in jpeg and email them I will, when time
permits load them up on our History site and acknowledge your
father. There was a time when I would recommend the Auckland
Maritime Museum needless to say I don't and that's simply due to
personalities who don't honour their word. I am sure many of our
readers will make alternative suggestions.
We came to New Zealand in1965 on board the Rangitane and we are
trying to find out if this was a P & O Ship or not. Barry
A distant relative of mine was, as far as I
know, a hairdresser on Rangitiki when she was in the Jervis Bay
convoy in 1940.His name was Robert/Bob Hunter age about 20/30
from Durham. Is there any way of getting info about him. I am
trying on behalf of his daughter.I am ex MN myself - if that
gets a sympathy vote. Thank you Alan Williams
Just discovered this
website and have been thinking of the fact that on 26/04/14 I
will have been in this country for 50 years. I was only 4 years
old when I came out on the Rangitane with my parents, brother
and 2 sisters myself being the youngest. I still have the
original passenger list, tickets baggage labels quarantine info
for our pet dog and other relative info. I do remember the trip
especially going through the Panama Canal where my brother cut
himself trying to pick up a glass from the deck after a heavy
rain storm and my frantic parents being told that if he had gone
overboard the sharks would have got him. He was found in the
ships hospital several hours later. Also the night the
Panamanian dancers came on board and not being a shy person I
happily went and introduced myself saying my name was Maria. As
they spoke Spanish This delighted them and my mother ended up
refusing to have me back in the cabin until I had had a bath as
I reaked of perfume. So many memories and I had wondered whether
a special 50 year celebration would be arranged to mark what was
certainly a major event in my life.
Hi Jeff, I have found ,through your
fantastic site, my long lost navy pal, Bill Halton. cheers for a
I have acquired a log book from 1950's/
60's belonging to M, J, Charleworth First Officer/Captain on
ships on this line & Federal Steam Navigation Company. Logs of
various voyages + return Liverpool to Australia voyage map for
one & other ephemera. Patricia Jackson
Dear Sir / Madam, I am not
to sure whether I have come through to the correct department,
but I am looking for my Great Grandfather Captain John Evans.
John Evans was born in Chester, Cheshire, England on the 07
March 1851 and died in 1950 in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
His father was Rev William Evans who came out to New Zealand
with his family in the 1880's.
When I was looking on the
Ancestry Web Site and found a Masters and Mates Certificate for
John Evans and his Number is 9260. Do you have any other
information about Captain John Evans as to whether there is a
Masters Certificate for his Captain's Ticket and he started work
on the ships at the age of 14 years old.
He started work on T & J
Brocklebank, trading to India and China and then he joined Shaw
Savill Line, New Zealand Shipping Company and some of the
Sailing Ships were Sam Menda, Kate Kellock, British Queen and
Lapwing which was owned by Owen and Dewar which was shipwrecked.
I do not know what other
Ships he sailed on around New Zealand or the world.
Please let me know whether
you have any information or would you be able to send this email
to the correct people and thank you for your help?
Regards, Charmaine Simmonds
Hi Jeff, As per your story for my lifebuoy
child migration book project....
due to management changes with my local area publisher the
publication has been delayed.
I am still hopeful for publication sometime early next year.
In the meantime your story contribution as with all others are
in the safe hand of my local editor.
Wishing you a happy sailing Kiwi summery Christmas.
Tony: Anthony Chambers the ex Boy in the Lifebuoy
I sailed on RMS Ruahine as
a cook in the 1960's and have fond memories of our boxing and
wrestling matches put on to entertain the "Bloods" with Reg
(Inky) White ships printer. Mick Overall being the Chef
Ray. C. Franklin
Re Barry Phillips query,
NZSCo was part of the P&O Group in 1965 although
NZSCo operated as a
separate entity. When I applied for a NZSCo Cadetship in 1954, I
was interviewed by an NZSCo Board at P&O's Headquarters in
Leadenhall Street, London.
Re Patricia Jackson's
email: I sailed with Mr Charlesworth when he was a First Officer
and I was an Engineer Cadet. Not sure of the ship but recall he
was a big guy but easy going and popular.