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MAMAKU - Yard No 389 - Diesel Cargo Vessel - Anchor Steamship Co, New Zealand - Built 1949

Mamaku-1949-1972

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 The M.V.MAMAKU Ship No 389  
Owners    Anchor Steam & Foundry Co Ltd
           
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Ship Launched   28/07/1949 
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    179' 3" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    175' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 9"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    927 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines          
Props    2      
Speed          
           
Other known names   73-MAMATU, 73 MAMANI, 82 HAI SOON KAO, 86 HAYDAI UNION 2    
           
Current Status   Broken up 1987    
Content on the MV MAMAKU will be added as and when available. 
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Mamaku-Greymouth-1972

MAMAKU arriving into Greymouth in 1972 with a cargo of logs from the Pacific Islands

(Photo is from the G.Ferguson collection)

 

Ships History

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 twin screw cargo ship MAMAKU was an order from the Anchor Steam & Foundry Co, Ltd of New Zealand, a sister ship to the M.V.PURIRI, she arrived in New Zealand from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1947 and was used on the coastal runs from Nelson to Onehunga with general cargo, but also carried coal from Greymouth to the North Island ports, she was a fine looking tough and well built ship, built solid to cope with the New Zealand weather and running the bars to the many rivers with ports on them.

She was sold on from the Anchor company to Pacific Island interests and she was used then to deliver timber from the Soloman and New Hebrides Islands to Greymouth in New Zealand.

This fine ship was sold on a couple of times from here and it would seem that she was scrapped sometime in 1987.
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.

 

 Mamaku-GreymouthJan1973
MAMAKU arriving with a cargo of logs for the mill at Greymouth, New Zealand

 (From a photograph in the G.Ferguson collection)

She looked just like a small cargo ship of the time should look.

 

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Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

 

 

 

MAMAKU at full ahead (Photo from the G.Ferguson collection)

 

Mamaku-09

 

MAMAKU seen here in this photograph by Barry Noel and shown her by kind permission.

 

 

MAMAKU with her wood Bridge House that harked back to the dark days of World War II but a fine bit of craftsman ship by the carpenters of the Leith yard of Henry Robb.

(Photo is by Barry Noel and shown here by permission)

 

 Memories of the Mamaku

I worked as a deckhand on the Anchor Shipping and Foundry Company's coaster Mamaku from 1955 to 1957, and during those years I took many photos of the ship and places she visited. Here are some notes to accompany those photos.

The twin screw M.V. Mamaku was built for the Anchor Company by Henry Robb Ltd., Leith, and launched on 28 July 1949. The vessel left Middlesborough on 20 October that year with a cargo of 300 tons of coke for Auckland, where she arrived on 23 December, having travelled via Gibraltar, Port Said, Aden, Colombo and Australia. She reached Nelson, her home port, on 9 January 1950.

For more on this great story of the MV MAMAKU  by Ben Gibbs

 

 

 

 

 

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0 #2 Ben Gibbs 2015-07-14 23:04
See my article on this link:


www.theprow.org.nz/yourstory/memories-of-the-mamaku/
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0 #1 Bill Peni 2013-09-21 23:24
During the late 50's Mamaku and Te Aroha were regular visitors to Port Mapua. As a kid, I use to sit on the wharf fishing for herring and spotties.At times,I was allowed to fish off the stern of Te Aroha.
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