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To satisfy our readers we have decided to set up a comprehensive guide to the Ships of New Zealand Shipping and Federal Steam Navigation. This is a FREE service maintained by New Zealand Shipping in association with www.australiatrade.com.au for information and education purposes. You can submit details at end of this page.

My sincere thanks to Peter J Bennett (bypasspete@ntlworld.com) for his time in putting this table of contents together.
Jeffrey Shaw

NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING Co & FEDERAL STEAM NAVIGATING Co
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Ships Name Built Ship Yard Registered Gross Tonnage Net Tonnage Class What Happened
1 Waitara 1873 J Reid & Co,         Glasgow London 883 833 Passenger Foundered 1883
2 Mataura (1) 1873 Aitkin & Mansel,3 Glasgow London 898 853 Passenger Abandoned 1900
3 Rangitiki (1) 1873 Humber Iron Works Co Hull London 1227 1188 Passenger Dismantled to a Hulk 1919
4 Waimea 1873 Reiherstieg Schiffswerft Hamburg London 871 848 Cargo Wrecked 1902
5 Rakaia (1) 1873 J Bulmer & Co Sunderland London 1057 1022 Passenger Wrecked 1918
6 Waikato (1) 1874 J Bulmer & Co Sunderland London 1053 1021 Passenger Foundered 1913
7 Waitangi 1874 J Bulmer & Co Sunderland London 1161 1128 Passenger Foundered 1913
8 Waimate (1) 1874 J Bulmer & Co Sunderland London 1156 1124 Passenger Went Missing
9 Orari (1) 1875 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow London 1051 1011 Passenger Dismantled to a Hulk 1909
10 Otaki (1) 1875 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow London 1053 1014 Passenger Abandoned 1895
11 Hurunui (1) 1875 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow London 1054 1012 Passenger Sunk by U33 4/4/1915
12 Waipa 1875 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow London 1057 1017 Passenger Went missing 10/12/1911
13 Wairoa 1875 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow London 1057 1015 Passenger Went missing 1/12/1907
14 Opawa (1) 1876 A. Stephen & Son Glasgow London 1131 1076 Passenger Refrigerated Sunk by U53 14/3/1917
15 Pareora (1) 1876 A. Stephen & Son Glasgow London 879 879 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 1888
16 Piako (1) 1876 A. Stephen & Son Glasgow London 1136 1075 Passenger Went missing 22/11/1900
17 Wanganui 1877 A. Stephen & Son Glasgow London 1136 1077 Passenger Sunk by U50 22/2/1917
18 Turakina (1) 1882 C Connell & Co     Glasgow London 1247 1189 Refrigerated Broken up       May 1914
19 Tongariro (1) 1883 John Elder & Co       Goven Lyttelton 4162 2657 Passenger Refrigerated Scrapped       June 1910
20 Aorangi 1883 John Elder & Co       Goven Lyttelton 4163 2655 Passenger Refrigerated Scuppered Scappa Flow 10/8/1915
21 Ruapehu (1) 1883 John Elder & Co       Goven Lyttelton 4163 2655 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up        Nov 1911
22 Kaikoura (1) 1884 John Elder & Co       Goven London 4507 2883 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up        Jan 1907
23 Rimutaka (1) 1884 John Elder & Co       Goven London 4514 2859 Passenger Refrigerated Scrapped       June 1911
24 Otarama (1) 1890 Wm Doxford & Sons, Sunderland London 3808 2460 Passenger 12 Refrigerated Broken up 1930
25 Tekoa (1) 1890 Wm Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool London 4050 2646 Passenger 12 Refrigerated Broken up 1909
26 Ruahine (1) 1891 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 6127 3926 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 1945
27 Waikato (2) 1892 Wm Doxford & Sons, Sunderland Plymouth 4767 3071 Refrigerated Demolished 1923
28 Rakaia (1) 1895 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 5629 3660 Passenger Refrigerated Demolished  29/9/1934 
29 Mataura (2) 1896 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd Glasgow Plymouth 5764 3756 Passenger Refrigerated Abandoned       Dec 1898
30 Pareora (2) 1896 Wood,Skinner & Co Newcastle Dundee 650 355 Cargo Wrecked 1919
31 Waimate (2) 1896 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 5610 3629 Passenger Refrigerated Wrecked 18/6/1925
32 Hesketh 1896 Queenstown & Passage West Docks Co. Cork  Sydney 640 393 Cargo Abandoned 27/10/1899
33 Papanui (1) 1898 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton London 6372 4099 Passenger Refrigerated Abandoned  12/9/1911
34 Wakanui 1899 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 5829 3256 Passenger Refrigerated Abandoned 19/12/1923
35 Warrimoo 1899 CS Swan & Hunter Wallsend London 3526 1897 Passenger Refrigerated Collision & Sank 18/5/1918
36 Meowera 1899 CS Swan & Hunter Wallsend London 3345 1911 Passenger Refrigerated Wrecked 25/12/1916
37 Paparoa (1) 1899 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 6563 4262 Passenger Refrigerated Scuttled by HMS Birmingham 18/3/1926
38 Whakatane (1) 1900 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 5715 3659 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 1929
39 Petone 1900 Taylor & Mitchel Greenock Lyttelton 708 388 Cargo Mined & Sunk 10/3/1941
40 Rimutaka (2) 1900 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 7765 4983 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 5/5/1930
41 Ruapehu (2) 1901 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 7705 4943 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 10/9/1931
42 Tongariro (2) 1901 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 7600 4917 Passenger Refrigerated Broke in two 16/9/1916
43 Turakina (2) 1902 R&W Hawthorn,        Leslie & Co Ltd  Hebburn Plymouth 8210 5289 Passenger Refrigerated Torpedoed by U86 13/8/1917
44 Kaikoura (2) 1903 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank Plymouth 6998 4477 Passenger Refrigerated Demolished 1929
45 Kaipara (1) 1903 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank Plymouth 7596 4886 Passenger Refrigerated Sunk by gunfire 16/8/1914
46 Orari (2) 1906 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 7207 4564 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up 1927
47 Opawa (2) 1906 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 7230 4588 Refrigerated Cargo Sunk by US sub Bowfish 28/11/1943
48 Otaki (2) 1908 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 7420 4611 Refrigerated Cargo Sunk, gunfire/torpedoes. 10/3/1917                   Capt A Blisset Smith Posthumous V C
49 Kiritona 1909 C Bailey Jnr        Auckland Napier 136 75 Cargo Broken up Auckland 1961
50 Ruahine (2) 1909 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 10758 6283 Passenger Refrigerated Scrapped 1957
51 Rotorua 1910 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 11130 7094 Passenger Refrigerated Torpedoed by UC17 22/3/1917
52 Koutunui 1911 C Bailey Jnr  Auckland Napier 171 98 Cargo Still in Existence ?? Fiordland NZ
53 Remuera (1) 1911 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 11276 7154 Passenger Refrigerated Aerial Torpedoed 26/8/1940
54 Hurunui (2) 1912 Russell & Co              Port Glasgow Plymouth 8901 5638 Refrigerated Cargo Torpedoed by U94 18/5/1918
55 Westmeath 1911 Furness, Withy & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Greenock 8096 5212 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up 2/5/1932
56 Limerick 1912 Workman Clark & Co Ltd Belfast London 5790 3793 Passenger Refrigerated Torpedoed by U86  28/5/1917
57 Tyrone 1912 Workman Clark & Co Ltd Belfast Greenock 6592 4246 Passenger Refrigerated Ran Aground Total loss 27/9/1913
58 Roscommon 1912 Workman Clark & Co Ltd Belfast Greenock 6591 4245 Passenger Refrigerated Torpedoed by U53 21/8/1917
Falls Of Orchy 1914 Wright, Graham &Co Ltd Glasgow 4904     Sale conditions not met ship never entered NZS service
59 Hororata (1) 1914 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Plymouth 9461 5613 Passenger Refrigerated Torpedoed by U630 5/4/1943
60 Otarama (2) 1919 Russell & Co              Port Glasgow London 7759 4873 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Nov 1932
61 Otaki (3) 1920 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd Glasgow Plymouth 7976 4985 Refrigerated Cargo Torpedoed by U509 27/10/1942
62 Hurunui (3) 1920 Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Middlesbrough London 9266 5876 Refrigerated Cargo Torpedoed by U93 14/10/1940
63 Piako (2) 1920 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow Plymouth 8283 5127 Refrigerated Cargo Torpedoed by U107  18/5/1941
64 Tasmania  1913 Flensburger S.G. Germany Plymouth 7514 4688 Refrigerated Cargo Scrapped 19/2/1936
65 Tekoa (2) 1922 Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd Hull Plymouth 8526 5369 Refrigerated Cargo Scrapped 21/8/1969
66 Rotorua         Former Shropshire for details see Shropshire Federal Steam Nav Co (No F17)
67 Turakina (3) 1923 Wm Hamilton & Co Ltd. Port Glasgow Plymouth 8565 5373 Refrigerated Cargo Sunk by German Raider "Orion" 20/8/1940
68 Tongariro (3) 1925 Wm Hamilton & Co Ltd. Port Glasgow Plymouth 8729 5501 Refrigerated Cargo Scrapped 29/8/1960
69 Rangitiki (2) 1929 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank   16697 10271 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up Oct 1962
70 Rangitata 1929 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank Plymouth 16737 10315 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up Sept 1962
71 Rangitane (1) 1929 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank   16733 10311 Passenger Refrigerated Sunk by German Raiders Orion & Komet 27/11/1940
72 Otaio (1) 1930 Vickers-Armstrong Ltd Barrow   10048 6130 Refrigerated Cargo Sunk by U558    28/8/1941
73 Orari (3) 1931 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow   10107 6070 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Aug 1971
74 Opawa (3) 1931 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow   10107 6068 Refrigerated Cargo Torpedoed by U106  6/2/1942
75 Kaimata 1936 Wm Deny & Bros Dumbarton Glasgow 5237 3190 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up May1969
76 Kiakoura 1937 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow       Refrigerated Cargo Broken up OCT 1963
77 Kiapara (2) 1938 Wm Doxford & Sons, Sunderland   5882 3454 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Jan 1968
78 Rimutaka (3) 1938 Sir Armstrong,Whitworth & Co Ltd Walker-on-Tyne Newcastle 16385 10333 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up Jan 1965
79 Kaituna 1938 Ericsbergs MV Gothenburg Plymouth 4907 2854 Cargo Broken up Feb 1967
80 Kaipaki 1939 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow 5862 3426 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Dec 1962
81 Hororata (2) 1942 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank   13945 8323 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Sept 1967
82 Papanui (2) 1943 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow   10002 5890 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Oct 1965
83 Paparoa (2) 1943 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow   10005 5889 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Nov 1970
84 Pipiriki 1944 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow Plymouth 10057 5918 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Feb 1971
85 Rakaia (3) 1946 Harland & Wolfe Ltd Belfast London 8563 5026 Refigerated Cadet ship Broken up Oct 1971
86 Haparangi 1947 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank   11281 6650 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Feb 1974
87 Hurunui (4) 1948 Vickers-Armstrong Ltd Walker-on-Tyne London 11276 6640 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Nov 1973
88 Hinakura 1949 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 11272 6642 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Aug 1974
89 Rangitoto 1949 Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd Walker-on-tyne London 21809 12424 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up Feb 1976
90 Rangitane (2) 1949 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 21867 12456 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up June 1976
91 Ruahine (3) 1951 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 17851 10123 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up Feb 1974
92 Otaki (4) 1953 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank   10934 6240 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Feb 1984
93 Hauraki for details see Norfolk Federal Steam Nav Co (No F50)
94 Whakatane (2) 1954 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow London 8726 4907 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Jan 1979
95 Whangaroa 1955 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 8701 4907 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up June 1974
96 Wharanui 1956 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 8706 4914 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up May 1979
97 Otaio (2) 1957 John Brown & Co Ltd Clydebank London 13314 6875 Refigerated Cadet ship Broken up Oct 1982
98 Turakina (4) 1960 Bartram & Sons Ltd  Sunderland   7707 3973 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Jan 1986
99 Remuera (2) 1947 Harland & Wolfe Ltd Belfast   13362 7393 Passenger Refrigerated Broken up 1970
100 Piako 1961 A Stephen & Sons Ltd  Glasgow   7596 4050 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Aug 1984
101 Taupo 1965 Bartram & Sons Ltd  Sunderland London 8219 6126 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up June 1984
102 Tekoa (3) 1966 Bartram & Sons Ltd  Sunderland London 8226 6151 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Feb 1984
103 Tongariro (4) 1966 Bartram & Sons Ltd  Sunderland London 8233 4483 Refrigerated Cargo Broken up Sept 1985
104 Mataura 1967 Mitsui Zosen         Tamano London 9504 4454 Refrigerated Cargo Still in Service ???1996
105 Manapouri 1968 Mitsui Zosen         Tamano London 9505 4457 Refrigerated Cargo Still in Service ???1996
106 Remuera (3) 1972 Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Walker   42007 24806 Refrigerated Container Still in Service ???1996

 

New Zealand Shipping Vessels Info Supplied by Terry Wilson
Name Year Built Ship Yard Flag  Gross
Registered
Tonnage
Net
Registered
Tonnes
Propulsion Class Cargo
Passenger
No of Passengers Year Sold What Happened
Scrap / War
MV Rakaia    Harland Wolf Belfast London   5025.69 Single Screw Refrigerated
Cadet Ship 
     
SS Papanui     Plymouth 10005.51 5887.48 Single Screw Refrigerated      
MV Hurunui     London 11275.76 6640.48 Twin Screw Refrigerated      
MV Hinakura     London 11272.40 6642.42 Twin Screw Refrigerated      
MV Whakatane     London 8749.40 4907.07 Single Screw Refrigerated
Passenger
12    
MV Durham     London     Twin Screw Refrigerated      
MS Ruahine     17850.57 6638.22 Twin Screw Refrigerated
Passenger
     
MV Glouchester     London 5021.51 Single Screw Refrigerated      

 

We have received a major contribution from Bill Goyne on 15th May 2001 so what I have done is set up his information here, in order to help people bring their contributions so in the end we can tabulate into one document from " Cradle to Grave " as Bill said

Shipping Fleets as at 3rd September 1939 

New Zealand Shipping

Federal Ships

Ship Tonnage Lost in the War Built Ship Tonnage Lost in the War Built
Hurunui  s.s. 9,315 * 1920 Cambridge s.s. 10,855 * 1916
Opawa m.v. 10,350 * 1931 Cornwall s.s. 10,606 * 1920
Orari m.v. 10,350 1931 Cumberland  s.s. 10,939 1919
Otaio    m.v. 10,298 * 1930 Dorset m.v. 10,624 * 1934
Piako   s.s.   8,286 * 1920 Durham m.v. 10,893 1934
Rangitane  m.v. 16,712 * 1929 Essex   m.v. 11,062 1936
Rangitata m.v. 16,737 1929 Hertford m.v. 10,923 * 1917
Rangitiki m.v. 16,698 1929 Huntingdon s.s. 10,945 * 1920
Remuera s.s. 11,445 * 1911 Kent     s.s. 8,697 1918
Rimutaka s.s. 16,576 1923 Middlesex s.s. 8,703 * 1920
Rotorua s.s. 10,890 * 1911 Norfolk s.s. 10,948 * 1918
Ruahine s.s. 10,832 1909 Northumberland  s.s. 11,559 1915
Tekoa s.s. 8,695 1922 Somerset s.s. 8,790 * 1918
Tongariro s.s.  8,720 1925 Surrey  s.s. 8,580 * 1919
Turakina s.s. 8,706 * 1923 Sussex  m.v. 11,062 1936
Kaikoura m.v. 5,845 1937 Westmorland s.s. 8,967 * 1917
Kaimata m.v. 5,278 1931
Kaipaki m.v. 5,862   1939
Kaipara m.v. 5,890 1938
Kaituna m.v. 4,914   1938
Total, 20 ships, 
202,399 tons gross register
Total, 16 ships, 
164,153 tons gross register

 

Lost during the War

New Zealand Shipping Federal lines
Vessel Year Lost Vessel Year Lost
Turakina  1940 Cumberland    1940
Remuera 1940 Cambridge 1940
Hurunui 1940 Middlesex 1941  
Rangitane 1940 Huntingdon 1941  
Rotorua  1940 Somerset    1941  
Piako  1941   Norfolk 1941  
Otaio  1941   Nottingham 1941  
Opawa  1941   Hertford 1942
    Westmoreland 1942
    Surrey 1942
    Dorset     1942

 

Reconstruction of the Fleet (1939 to the Early Fifties) 

New Zealand Shipping Federal lines
Ship   Tonnage Built Ship   Tonnage Lost in the War Built
Hororata  s.s  12,090 1942 Suffolk m.v  11,145      1939
Papanui   s.s     10,002 1943 Gloucester  m.v  8,532        1941
Paparoa s.s    10,005 1943 Nottingham m.v 8,532 * 1941
Pipiriki s.s 10,057 1944 Devon s.s 9,940   1946
Haparangi  m.v 11,281 1947 Somerset s.s 9,943        1946
Hurunui m.v 11,276 1948 Norfolk m.v 11,281      1947
Rangitoto m.v 19,000   ? Huntingdon m.v 11,281   1948
Hinakura   m.v 11,280   ? Cumberland  m.v 11,281   1948
Rangitane m.v 19,000   ? Hertford m.v 11,276   1948
Ruahine    m.v 16,500   ? Sussex    m.v 11,280       ?
        Dorset s.s 9,950       ?
        Nottingham m.v 9,000     ?

 

Purchased since the War

New Zealand Shipping Federal lines
Ship   Tonnage Built Ship   Tonnage Built
Rakaia   m.v  8,564 1945 Leicester  s.s 7,219 1943
(Ex Empire Abercorn)       (Ex Samesk)    
        Stafford s.s  7,255   1943
        (Ex Samingay)    
        Cambridge   m.v     ?     ? 
        (Ex  ?  )    

                                                                                

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