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.
To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her
on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.
The KONUI Was the second of the A/C Colliers built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.
A sister ship to the Kaitangata she was launched by the then Miss New Zealand, a departure from the owners wife or some other random lady. She was built at a time when the shipyards of Britain were all working at full capacity to try and replace some of the many ships that had been lost during World War II.
The Union Steamship Company of New Zealand was just one company rebuilding.
With her twin British Polar engines giving her a service speed of around 9.5 knots, she was well suited for the coastal trade around New Zealand.
These fine ships would eventually lose out to the advent of the container ship, but while they traded the coast line of New Zealand they were a well loved sight. They were a very familiar sight to all, in the ports around this seafaring country.
She spent 20 unblemished years with the Union Company and was sold to Singapore in 1969 and she was renamed Bonatrade.
After several more sales and renaming, she was eventually broken up in Bangkok in 1983.
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.