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.KAIMAI was another ship ordered from the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, to be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb
She was a fine looking sturdy little ship built for trade around the temperamental waters of the beautiful country of New Zealand. She was the second ship of the USSCo of New Zealand to carry the KAIMAI name.
She was similar in design to the M.V.NAVUA the M.V.KAIMAI was another soft nosed coaster. She was built to carry general cargo, timber, and coal and was mainly employed on the East Coast of New Zealand. Later she was fitted with shifting boards to enable her to carry grain on the coastal grain run.
The M.V.KAIMAI was sold on from the company in 1972 and was to continue her working life until she went for scrap at the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach in Pakistan 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.