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Leith Shipyards

A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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WAREATEA - Yard No 418 - Diesel Cargo Vessel - Wm Holyman & Sons Pty Ltd- Built 1952
Owners    Wm Holyman & Sons Pty Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    09/05/1952
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    254' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    240' 0" Weather    
Beam    37' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     20' 0"      
G.R.T.    1430 tons      
DWT    1465 tons      
Engines   8 cylinder 2 SCSA oil engine by British Polar Engines Ltd of Glasgow      
Props    1      
Speed    11 knots      
Other known names   1971-Bonahope    
Current Status   Brocken up mid 1980's?    
Content on the WAREATEA will be added as and when available. 
WAREATEA - Named after a river in the South Island of New Zealand 
This is a great photo of WAREATEA (A.C.Green 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.

Steel single screw cargo vessel (refrigerated) built by Henry Robb Ltd of Leith for William Hollyman and Sons. Powered by an 8 cylinder 2scsa oil engine by British Polar Engines Ltd of Glasgow. 1971 After nearly 20 years on the Adelaide to Hobart run and being replaced by a RoRo she was sold to Concordia Shipping of Singapore and renamed Bonahope. 1972 Sold once again to Poriental Navigation Co S.A. of Singapore. Her history is some what cloudy after this and her registry was deleted from Lloyds in August 1981 whilst her Singapore Registry was closed in 1984 and Lloyds registry deleted 1992.
From the excellent website at

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.


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WAREATA underway in this photo of her port side on by D.Ross
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.


 The above photo of the WAREATEA is from the D.Ross collection

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0 #1 James Murray 2014-10-12 14:26
searching for my uncle who was a radio officer on the ship Wareatea around the 26/8/1969.He died tragically in a stabbing incident in either Melbourne or Sydney. Don't know the year.He was born in 1918 in Brookboro Co Fermanagh N.Ireland.Any information on his life,death and burial place would be greatly appreciated. Barry Murray

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