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KAMONA - Yard No 377 - Diesel Cargo - Union Steamship Co N.Zealand - Built 1949


Owners    Union Steamship Co of N.Z. Ltd, Melbourne
Registered    Melbourne Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    12/05/1949
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    235' 0" Weather    
Beam     45' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld      16' 0"      
G.R.T.    1785      
DWT    2150      
Engines    8 cylinder, 2 stroke, single acting British Polar M40M 8 cylinder engine, 1,310 bhp.      
Props    1      
Speed    9.5 knots      
Other known names   1965-Harwood, 1976-Maldive Express    
Current Status   Broken up in India 1983    
The M.V.KAMONA was named after a town in Tasmania, Australia
as content become available it will be added here. 
The fine old working ship MV KAMONA Ship No 377
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 M.V. KAMONA was another order for the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb from the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand, she was designed and built for the companies Tasmainian cargo service from Tasmania to Mainland Australia.

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.


KAMONA underway (Photo credit G.Ross collection)
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.

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0 #1 Alan Smith 2011-12-05 10:42
I sailed on Kamona in 1952/53, first as an ordinary seaman and then as AB. My cabin mate was John Free, other AB's were Roy (Spider)Skewes, Sandy Sanderson, "the ferret" an 80 yr old scot from Stornoway, Bosun Reg Lipton, Dennis Lampton 2nd mate.

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