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.