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KAITOA - Yard No 443 - Diesel Cargo - Union Steamship Co of N.Zealand - Built 1956

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 The M.V.KAITOA underway.  
Owners    Union Steamship Company of New Zealand
           
Registered    Wellington Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Launched    10/05/1956
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    290' 0" Weather    
Beam    43' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     27' 0"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    2584      
DWT    3038      
           
Engines    2 x 6 cyl 2s Sa diesels by British Polar Engines of Glasgow each 1700 Bhp      
Props    2      
Speed    11 knots      
           
Other known names   1972-Katoa, 1979-Hati Baik    
           
Current Status    Broken up for scrap in Singapore 1992    
Content on the MV KAITOA will be added as and when available. 
 
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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.

The twin screw Motor Vessel KAITOA was another in the long line of ships built at the Leith Shipyards for the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand.
She was used on the Tran Tasman run and also worked down the coasts of New Zealand, she was also a one off design, and was to serve the U.S.S.Co for only 15 years before being sold on to other interested owners.

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.

 Kaitoa-as-Hati-Baik

The KAITOA as Hati Baik.

 

 m.v.KAITOA---Auckland

 The twin screw KAITOA at Auckland

(Photograph from L. Butterfield collection with the Photographer being the late R.C.Pulley of Auckland)

She is shown here in her original livery of black and buff, Green and white - passenger ship colours were not adopted by the cargo fleet until 1960

 

Tales from the Ship

 

This is a very good quote from someone who sailed on a few of the ships built at Leith Shipyards for New Zealand owners.

As told by L.Butterfield,

. Myself I sailed on later vessels of USSCo., built by Henry Robb and they were all extremely well finished off accommodation wise - a higher finish than Alexander Stephens of Linthouse . The Caledon built 'N' class of Union Company were similarly finished off like henry Robbs vessels. Today 'Golden Bay', visits the Port of Napier where I live and is a fine vessel also from Robb.
As a youngster living in Lyttelton my favourite coaster was the m.v.KOPARA of Richardson and Co., Napier a solid / sturdy little vessel which lasted many years also built by Henry Robb.


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.

 

 m.v.KAITOA.01

 The above spec drawing of the twin screw motor vessel KAITOA is from L.Butterfield collection and reproduced here with kind permission.

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