Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Ship No 399

KAWATIRI, was the second, of a three ship order from the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.

Being a twin screw vessel, and slightly smaller than WAIMATE, at 2484

tons, she had a length between perpendiculars of 290 feet and a beam of 43 feet, along with a design draught of 19 feet and 6 inches.

She was of shallow draught to enable her to navigate the tricky and dangerous waters of the New Zealand Coast.

(Note:- Not to be confused with Ship No 375 KAITAWA the ship that was lost in 1966)


James said...

The Kawatiri sank off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand in May 1966 taking with her the lives of her 29 crew.

James said...

She was a lovely ship.

Anonymous said...

her name was Kaitawa not Kawatira