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)