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Sunday, 9 May 2010

M.V.KARITANE

Ship No 269

She was the 3rd ship to be ordered by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.


With a length overall of 275 feet and a beam of 45 feet and draught of 21 feet and 6 inches, she was a large coaster for her day. At 2,534 tons she was launched from the yard on 21st December 1938.

She saw service during World War II serving as a transport ship for the U.S. Forces.

This large motor ship was in fact the last vessel built for this company before war arrived.

As soon as the war reached the Pacific, she went into service as a transport for the United States Forces, who formed a very high opinion of her design and performance.

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