Ship No 361
Was an order for the Union Steamship Company Ltd of New Zealand.
M.V. Kaitangata was the first of a two ship order for these modern motor vessels to work the coasts of New Zealand and the trans-Tasman route to Australia.
She had an overall length of 290 feet with a beam of 43 feet, and a draught of 19 feet and 6 inches.
At 2,485 tons this fine vessel was big for a coaster and strongly built for a tough working life in the seas around New Zealand.
She was launched from the yard on 27th January 1948.
View from the deck of M.V.KAITANGATA