Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.
The twin screw motor vessel KAHIKA was the first in a long line of ships built by Henry Robb Leith Shipyards, for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.
She had been ordered by the company to replace the KAKARIKI and was to be used on the companies Australian routes.
The KAHIKA was unfortunately wrecked while on a passage from Strahan to Melbourne on March 16th 1940, she struck rocks and was wrecked near to west point Tasmania.
Her design was based on the same ships lines as used on a previous vessel "Port Tauranga" with her bridge aft position to give lots of cargo space, built very solid and with clean lines she was sad to say not as lucky as the Port Tauranga which went on to have a very long working life.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.