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HMNZT
NEW ZEALAND TRANPORT SHIPS

With each voyage undertaken the ship concerned under New Zealand Troop Transport was given a new number
This explains why below mentioned vessels have a series of numbers suffix to HMNZT as well as revealing just how many voyages each vessel made



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NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Consisted of one infantry battalion from each of the four Provinces, Otago, Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland. Each comprising four companies corresponding to and named after the territorial regiments then in existence in the Province or military area, thus constituting that Infantry Brigade. Under this arrangement the 4th (Otago) Regiment, the 8th (Southland) Regiment, the 10th (North Otago) Regiment, and the 14th (South Otago) Regiment each had its representation in the Otago Battalion, nominally, if not actually, to the extent of one company, which was named after and perpetuated the Territorial Regiment







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FIRST CONVOY
1st November 1914 at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia
Departure of the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces
New Zealand Transports: HMNZT 3 Maunganui; HMNZT 4 Tahiti; HMNZT 5 Ruapehu; HMNZT 6 Orari; HMNZT 7 Limerick; HMNZT 8 Star of India; HMNZT 9 Hawkes Bay; HMNZT 10 Arawa; HMNZT 11 Athenic; HMNZT 12 Waimate
Australian Transports: A1 Hymettus; A2 Geelong; A3 Orvieto; A4 Pera; A5 Omrah; A6 Clan McCorquodale; A7 Medic; A8 Argyllshire; A9 Shropshire; A10 Karroo; A11 Ascanius; A12 Saldana; A13 Katuna; A14 Euripides; A15 Star of England; A16 Star of Victoria; A17 Port Lincoln; A18 Wiltshire; A19 Afric; A20 Hororata; A21 Marere; A22 Rangatira; A23 Suffolk; A24 Benalla; A25 Anglo Egyptian; A26 Armadale; A27 Southern; A28 Miltiades
Warships: HMS Minotaur; HMAS Sydney, HMAS Melbourne and Japanese battle cruiser Ibuki





 MOERAKI

HMNZT 01

1903-33

4392 gross tons. Lb: 368'7" x 47' (112.4 x 14.4 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship built 1902 by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand Ltd. Registered Dunedin yet flew the flag of Great Britain. From 1907 flew the New Zealand Flag. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 14.5 knots


11 August 1914 transported the Samoan Force, disembarking Apia, Samoa on 29 August 1914

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

10 August 1916 transhipped from New Zealand the 16th Mounted Rifles (123 troops) to Sydney Australia where they boarded the RMS Mooltan. Arrived England 20 September 1916
14 December 1916 transhipped from New Zealand the 20th Mounted Rifles (113 troops) to Sydney Australia where they boarded the RMS Mooltan. Arrived England 24 January 1917
15 February 1917 transhipped from New Zealand the 22nd Mounted Rifles (122 troops) to Melbourne Australia where they boarded the Borda (A30). Arrived England 8th April 1917
19 April 1917 transhipped from New Zealand the 23rd and 24th Mounted Rifles (258 troops) to Sydney Australia where they boarded the 'Port Sydney' (A15). Arrived England 19 June 1917
31 May 1917 trans-shipped the Mounted Rifles 35th and 36th Reinforcements (276 troops) from New Zealand to Sydney, where they embarked aboard the Port Lincoln (A17) arriving England 19 October 1917
21 February 1918 trans-shipped the Mounted Rifles 25th and 26th Reinforcements (262 troops) from New Zealand to Sydney, where they embarked aboard the RMS Ormonde arriving England 4 April 1918
9th August 1918 trans-shipped the 39th Mounted Rifles (132 troops) either Melbourne or Sydney Australia (details unknown). Further, their time of arrival was 19 September 1918 - location unstated and with a 2 month travelling timespan this date seems unlikely if destination was England
11 October 1918 transhipped the 40th, 41st, 42nd and 43rd Mounted Rifles (451 troops) to Sydney Australia where they boarded RMS Malta. During voyage orders were changed with destination becoming ?unknown?, possibly Egypt where they arrived 22 November 1918

Post Hostilities

Resumed passenger services between Wellington - Sydney - Hobart also known 'horseshoe' run
Scrapped at Osaka August 1933

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MONOWAI

HMNZT 02

1890-1926

3433 gross tons, 2137 net. Lb: 330' x 42'2" (100.6 x 12.9 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for Union SS Co of New Zealand Ltd, Dunedin. Single screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

August 1914 transported the Samoan Force

Post Hostilities

7th September 1920, Laid up Port Chalmers
1926 Reduced to a hulk in 1926. Sold to Gisborne Harbour Board for use as a breakwater at Whareongaonga, being sunk there 16 December 1926

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 MAUNGANUI

HMNZT 03, 17, 24, 30, 86, 96 & 103

1911-57

7527 gross tons, 4542 net. Lbd: 430'8" x 55'8" x 25 feet. (136.2 x 17 x 7.6 metres) on: 127810 Steel twin screw passenger steamship built by Fairfiels Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Govan Glasgow for Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. Propulsion: Two sets of Quadruple expansion steam engines developing 650 nautical horsepower (8,500 Indicated Horsepower). Cylinder bores; 24.5, 35.5 50.5 and 73 inches, with a 45 inch stroke and driving twin screws at about 80 r.p.m. Steam at a pressure of 220 lbs p.s.i. was supplied by two double-ended and two single-ended boilers adapted for Howden's system of forced draught. Maximum speed attained 18 knots, service speed 16-17 knots. Required 258 tons of fuel per day to maintain a speed of 15.4 knots Intended for the Trans-Tasman route, she could accomodate 501 passengers, and refrigerated cargo space of 14,540 cubic feet in her four holds. 499 passenger; 244 saloon (first class), 175 second class and 80 third class, with up to ten berth cabins in third class. There was seating for 144 in the first class dining saloon, 110 in second class and 58 in third. Crew - 136. Maiden voyage 15 February 1912 from Wellington via New Zealand southern coastal ports to Melbourne, Australia.

TRANSPORT VOYAGES


.........1914 Departed Wellington with Headquarters Staff. NZEF Headquarters N.Z. Infantry Brigade Field Troop N.Z.E. Wellington Infantry Battalion (West Coast Company) NZ Mounted Field Ambulance 38 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. Total - 528 Men 204 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces
Of the ten New Zealand transport vessels within the first convoy, she was designated flagship of the New Zealand fleet

14 February 1915 as HMNZT- 17 departed with 3rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force 1,719 persons all accomodated with two other vessels Tahiti (HMNZT 18) and Aparima (HMNZT 19)
26 March 1915 arrived at Egypt
13 June 1915 as HMNZT- 24 in convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 25) and Aparima (HMNZT 26) departed with 5th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and No.2 Stationary Hospital 2,299 persons
24 July 1915 arrived at Egypt
9th October 1915 as HMNZT- 30 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 31), Aparima (HMNZT 32), Navua (HMNZT 33) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34). In conjunction with Tahiti (HMNZT 31) carried 1st and 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. 1,249 troops under Major Austin
17 November 1915 arrived Egypt
8th Janaury 1916 as HMNZT- 37 departed New Zealand with 9th reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. In a convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 38) and Warrimoo (HMNZT 39) carried total of 2,406 troops among three vessels with Captain Joll in charge of troops aboard Maunganui
8th February 1916 arrived Egypt
1st April 1916 as HMNZT- 49 in convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 50) departed with 11th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 5th Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade 2nd Reinforcements 3rd, 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade, a combined total of 2,222 troops
3rd May 1916 arrived Egypt
26 June 1916 as HMNZT- 56 in convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 57) departed with 14th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 8th Reinforcements to 1st & 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 5th Reinforcements to 3rd & 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade and the 4th Maori Contingent. A combined total of 2,123 troops
22 August 1916 arrived Plymouth England
15 November 1916 as HMNZT 68 in convoy with Tahiti (HMNZT 69) departed with 19th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 13th Reinforcements to the 1st & 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade and 10th Reinforcements to the 3rd & 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade all billeted abaord both vessels.
30 January 1917 arrived Egypt

12th June 1917 as HMNZT- 86 departed with 26th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (part as dispersed over the two vessels, the other being the Willochra that departed three days earlier). Also carried 18th Reinforcements Maori Contingent and 26th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade.
15 August 1917 disembarked at (unknown) England

21 November 1917 as HMNZT- 96 departed with (part) 32nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.75] whilst HMNZT 95 Willochra also transported (part) 32nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. A total of 97 troops under Captain C A Hawkins
7th January 1918 arrived at Liverpool England
9th May 1918 as HMNZT 103 departed with 37th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 29th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.82] . A total of 970 troops under Major J L Saunders
24 June 1918 arrived at Liverpool England

Post hostilities saw conversion to oil fired propulsion and back in service 1919

Converted from coal to oil burning in 1922

Placed upon Pacific route of Auckland - Sydney - Vancouver. Later serviced San Francisco in an on - off role until 1936 when that service was discontinued. 1937 ran the trans-tasman route between New Zealand and Sydney until June 1940 when requisitioned as a Hospital Ship by the New Zealand Government.

Served admirably and at end of 1945, laid up at Wellington pending any decision on her fate. 1947 sold to G M Lykiardopulo, Panama flag
1948 owned by Cia Naviera del Atlantico (Hellenic Mediterranean Lines), Panama
1949 owned by Hellenic - Mediterranean Line, Greece who refitted her at Piraeus as a migrant vessel. She then saw Australian shores again in new livery as the Cyrenia with emigrants specifically from Genoa - Italy, Valetta - Malta and Piraeus - Greece. This service continued until 1956 when she was sold to Italian shipbreakers and scrapped February 1957


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 TAHITI

HMNZT 04, 87 & 97

1904-30


7,585 gross tons. Lbd: 460 x 55 x 27 feet. (146.3 x 16.7 x 8.2 metres) Steel twin screw passenger steamship built by A Stephens & Son, Glasgow as the Port Kingston for Imperial Direct West Mail Company, Bristol - a subsidiary of Elder Dempster. Triple expansion engines making 17 knots. Accomodation for 277 first class, 97 in second and 141 in third. Four decks. Crew - 135. Intended for, and placed upon the London - Jamaica West Indies fruit trade.

Survived Earthquake at Jamaica 1907 where she was beached, refloated successfully. Laid up 1910 she caught the attention of Union SS Co of New Zealand who acquired her for a new service from Australia - New Zealand to San Francisco via Tahiti. Prior to delivery at Sydney, she was refitted at Bristol England from (unknown in number) passenger accomodation status to the levels abovementioned, given the Company's livery and renamed 'Tahiti'
Her inaugural voyage commenced Sydney 11 December 1911 to San Francisco via Wellington on a route nicknamed by the owners 'The Union Line'.


World War 1 saw her converted into a Troop Transport taking New Zealand Militiary personnel to France and Gallipoli

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

.........1914 Departed Lyttelton with Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, Wellington Mounted Rifles Regt. (1 Squadron), Canterbury Infantry Battalion (1 Company), 30 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 611 Men and 282 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

11 September 1915 arrived at Wellington Harbour with wounded soldiers from the Dardanelles

Survived two separate U-boat attacks.
14 February 1915 as HMNZT- 18 departed with 3rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force 1,719 persons all accomodated with two other vessels Maunganui (HMNZT 17) and Aparima (HMNZT 19)
26 March 1915 arrived at Egypt
13 June 1915 as HMNZT- 25 in convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 24) and Aparima (HMNZT 26) departed with 5th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and No.2 Stationary Hospital 2,299 persons
1st August 1915 arrived at Egypt
9th October 1915 as HMNZT- 31 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 30), Aparima (HMNZT 32), Navua (HMNZT 33) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34). In conjunction with Maunganui (HMNZT 30) carried 1st and 2nd Battalions NZ Rifle Brigade. 1,013 troops under Major Childs
22 November 1915 arrived Egypt
8th January 1916 as HMNZT- 38 departed New Zealand with (part) 3rd Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade and (part) Advance Party 3rd, 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Warrimoo as HMNZT 39 carried the other percentage of troops
7th February 1916 arrived Egypt
1st April 1916 as HMNZT- 50 in convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 49) departed with 11th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 5th Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade 2nd Reinforcements 3rd, 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade, a combined total of 2,222 troops
3rd May 1916 arrived Egypt
26 June 1916 as HMNZT- 57 in convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 56) departed with 14th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 8th Reinforcements to 1st & 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 5th Reinforcements to 3rd & 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade and the 4th Maori Contingent. A combined total of 2,123 troops
22 August 1916 arrived Plymouth England
15 November 1916 as HMNZT 69 in convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 68) departed with 19th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and 10th Reinforcements to the 3rd & 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade all billeted abaord both vessels. Also transported the 3rd Reinforcements NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company
29 January 1917 arrived Egypt
13 June 1917 as HMNZT 87 embarked 27th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 27th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade and the 19th Reinforcements Maori Contingent all in duality with troop transport Athenic (HMNZT - 88)
19 October 1917 arrived at Devonport England
16 November 1917 as HMNZT 97 from Wellington, New Zealand departed 31st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 31st Reinforcements New Zealand Rifle Brigade G Company. A total of 778 troops under Captain A E Brown
7th January 1918 arrived at Liverpool, England
10 July 1918 as HMNZT 107 departed with 40th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 1,109 troops under Lieut. Colonel R C Allen
10 September 1918 arrived Plymouth England

Post Hostilities

1919 converted to 'oil firing'. 1920 maiden voyage to Vancouver. 1921 San Francisco became her furthermost terminus from Sydney, her usual route for the rest of her career. Tragic incident occurred in Sydney Harbour November 1927 when she collided with and sank the Ferry 'Greycliffe' a resultant loss of 39 souls.

15 August 1930 when outbound from Wellington to Rarotonga her propellor shaft fractured, flailed and tore a gash in the ships hull. Incoming water saw a gradual and unstoppable flooding of the engine room initially, with further flooding of compartments at the ship's stern. 'Unstoppable' despite the watertight compartmental design, she sank on the 17 August 1930 in 18,000 feet of ocean depth, after all aboard including cargo had been rescued by the Matson liner 'Ventura' and an un-named Norwegian Tramp steamer

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RUAPEHU

HMNZT 05, 79

1901-31

7705 gross tons. Lb: 139.4 x 17.7 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, registered Plymouth. 2 x three cylinder triple expansion steam engines, 5045 ihp, twin screws, 14.3 knots.
21 February 1901 launched, completed - delivered 18 April 1901. Saw name change to Australasia when chartered out to the Allan Line, Glasgow for 5 round voyages to Canada from May until November 1901. December 1901 returned to owners and name reverted to Ruapehu
5th December 1901: departed Britain on her first sailing to New Zealand


TRANSPORT VOYAGES

__ October 1914 Departed Port Chalmers with Otago Mounted Rifles Regiment. (1 Squadron), Otago Infantry Battalion (less 2 Companies and Machine Gun Section), 31 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 785 Men and 244 Horses
16 October 1914 departed Wellington New Zealand with Troops bound for Alexandria, Egypt

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces
14 March 1917 as HMNZT 79 departed New Zealand with (part) 23rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.57] in conjunction with Corinthic (HMNZT 80) a combined total of 2,094 with troops aboard Ruapehu under command of Captain J C McCarthy
21 May 1917 arrived Devonport England

June 1917 until May 1919 taken up under the British Admiralty's Liner Requisition Scheme

Post Hostilities

14 January 1921 resumed passenger sailings to New Zealand
29 April 1931 laid up at Falmouth.
5th August 1931 sold to SA Cant di Porto Venere for breaking up at Savona

Left image personal collection, Right image (178849r) courtesy State Library Queensland


ORARI

HMNZT 06

1906-27

7207 gross tons. Lb: 460'7" x 60'2" (140.4 x 18.4 metres). Passenger Cargo steamship built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for Haycraft & Westray. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 14 knots. 1908 owned by New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd.
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TRANSPORT VOYAGE

.........1914 as HMNZT 06 departed Wellington New Zealand with Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment (East Coast Squadron and 2 Troops), surplus horses from other transports, 16 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 269 Men and 728 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

Post Hostilities

Scrapping commenced 18 January 1927 at Troon

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LIMERICK

HMNZT 07

1898-1917

5790 gross tons. Lb: 128 x 16.5 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built 1898 by Workman Clark, Belfast as the Rippingham Grange for Houlder Bros & Co, Britain. Single screw, triple expansion engine making 11.5 knots.
1912 owned by Union Steamship Co of New Zealand Ltd and vessel renamed 'Limerick'


TRANSPORT VOYAGE

.........1914 Departed Wellington with N.Z. Field Artillery Brigade (in part) Wellington Infantry Battalion (No. 7 and 8 Platoons) 21 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 495 Men and 348 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

28 May 1917 torpedoed by Submarine 48.53N/9.45W

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STAR OF INDIA

HMNZT 08

1910-35


7316 gross tons. Lb: 143.3 x 17.8 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Workman & Clark, Belfast for J P Corry & Co. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots


TRANSPORT VOYAGE

.........1914 Departed Auckland with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, New Zealand Field Ambulance 30 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 652 Men 395 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

1916 taken over by Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd (Port Line) and renamed Port Pirie

Post Hostilities

Scrapped at Briton Ferry November 1935

Right image shown as Port Pirie


HAWKES BAY

HMNZT 09

1912-43

10,641 gross tons. Lb: 149.4 x 18.7 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Workman & Clark, Belfast for the Tyser Line. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots.
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TRANSPORT VOYAGES

October 1914 as HMNZT 09 departed Port Chalmers with Otago Mounted Rifles Regt. (less 1 Squadron) Otago Infantry Battalion (2 Companies and Machine Gun Section) 40 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 930 Men and 569 Horses 23 October 1915 departed Sydney with 1st Light Horse Regiment (New South Wales) 1st Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part) & 12th Reinforcements, 5th Light Horse Regiment 2nd Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part) & 12th Reinforcements, 6th Light Horse Regiment 2nd Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part) & 12th Reinforcements, 7th Light Horse Regiment 2nd Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements & 12th Reinforcements (part), 11th Light Horse Regiment 4th Light Horse Brigade 6th Reinforcements (part) & 7th Reinforcements (part), 12th Light Horse Regiment 4th Light Horse Brigade 6th Reinforcements (part) & 7th Reinforcements (part).

28 October 1915 departed Melbourne with 3rd Light Horse Regiment 1st Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part), 8th Light Horse Regiment 3rd Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part) & 12th Reinforcements (part), 9th Light Horse Regiment 3rd Light Horse Brigade 11th Reinforcements (part), 11th Light Horse Regiment 4th Light Horse Brigade 6th Reinforcements (part), 13th Light Horse Regiment 6th Reinforcements (part).

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

FURTHER TRANSPORT VOYAGE - Single Charter
20 April 1916 departed Sydney with 9th Infantry Battalion 3rd Infantry Brigade 17th Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion 3rd Infantry Brigade17th Reinforcements, 15th Infantry Battalion 4th Infantry Brigade 17th Reinforcements, 47th Infantry Battalion 12th Infantry Brigade (Formed Egypt 7 March 1916 from the 15th Infantry Battalion) 2nd Reinforcements, 49th Infantry Battalion 13th Infantry Brigade (Formed Egypt 27 February 1916 from the 9th Infantry Battalion) 2nd Reinforcements, 52nd Infantry Battalion 13th Infantry Brigade (Formed Egypt 1 March 1916 from the 12th Infantry Battalion) 2nd Reinforcements.


1916 taken over by Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd (Port Line) and renamed Port Napier

As PORT NAPIER

17 November 1916 departed Sydney with 7th Infantry Battalion 2nd Infantry Brigade 22nd Reinforcements, 8th Infantry Battalion 2nd Infantry Brigade 22nd Reinforcements, 14th Infantry Battalion 4th Infantry Brigade 22nd Reinforcements, 30th Infantry Battalion 8th Infantry Brigade 10th Reinforcements, 33rd Infantry Battalion 9th Infantry Brigade 5th Reinforcements, 34th Infantry Battalion 9th Infantry Brigade 5th Reinforcements, 46th Infantry Battalion 12th Infantry Brigade 7th Reinforcements

Post Hostilities

1936 owned by T & J Brocklebank Ltd and renamed Martland
1938 owned by A Zanchi and renamed Martano
1938 under same ownership renamed Mar Bianco
7th December 1943 bombed, sunk by aircraft at Zara

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ARAWA

HMNZT 10, 94

1907-42

9372 gross tons. built by Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson, Wallsend Sunderland for Shaw Savill & Albion, London. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 14 knots. Lbd: 14.2 x 18.3 metres

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

.........1914 Departed Wellington with the Wellington Infantry Battalion (less West Coast Company and 7 and 8 Platoons), Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment (less 2 troops), Field Artillery Brigade (in part), Signal Troop N.Z.E. 59 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers & Chaplain. 1,259 Men and 215 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

9th November 1914 Wireless Operator picked up faint signal as broadcast from Direction Island, Cocos Islands of an 'Unknown Warship in Harbour'. Passed message on to escorting cruisers where HMAS Sydney was despatched from convoy and proceeded to Cocos Islands barely 50 miles away. Unknown Warship turned out to be the SMS Emden

13th November 1917 as HMNZT 94, departed New Zealand with (part) 30th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (in conjunction with Corinthic HMNZT 93) those aboard Arawa under command of Captain Meikles
8th December 1917 arrived at Liverpool England

Post Hostilities

1928 sold to A Bernstein renamed Konigstein
1940 sold to Van Heyghen Bros renamed Gandia
22 January 1942 torpedoed by submarine at 42.45N/53.00W

Left image personal collection, Right image 128408r courtesy State Library of Queensland


ATHENIC

HMNZT- 11, 72, 88, 99, 106

1902-62


12,234 gross tons. Lb: 152.5 x 19.3 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Oceanic S N Co (White Star Line) Liverpool. Twin screw, quadruple expansion engine making 14 knots


TRANSPORT VOYAGES

.........1914 Departed Lyttelton with Headquarters Mounted Rifles Brigade, Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regt. (2 Squadrons), Canterbury Infantry Battalion (less 1 Company), 54 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers & Chaplain. 1,259 Men and 339 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

30 December 1916 as HMNZT 72 departed New Zealand with 20th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force 2nd draft. Troop commander - Captain Skelley
3rd March 1916 arrived Plymoputh England
16 July 1917 as HMNZT 88 departed New Zealand with 27th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 27th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade and the 19th Reinforcements Maori Contingent all in duality with troop transport Tahiti (HMNZT - 87)
16 September 1917 disembarked at Liverpool England
31 December 1917 as HMNZT 99 departed New Zealand with33rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and 25th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.76]. 1.153 troops total under command of Captain McKillop
25 February 1918 arrived Glasgow
13 June 1918 as HMNZT 106 departed New Zealand with 39th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 30th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.85] and Royal Flying Corps Cadets. 783 troops total under command of Major G H Ferguson
31 August 1918 arrived at Liverpool

Post Hostilities

1928 rebuilt as whale factory ship, 12067 gross tons and renamed Pelagos for Hvalfangerselskap Pelagos A/S, Tonsberg Norway
1941 owned by German Navy (Kriegsmarine) Berlin
1945 returned to owners - Hvalfangerselskap Pelagos A/S, Tonsberg Norway
Commencing 28 June 1962 demolition began at Hamburg

Left image official Shaw Savill postcard, Right image courtesy State Library of Queensland


WAIMANA

HMNZT 12

1911-52

10,389 gross tons. Lb: 478 x 63 feet (145.6 x 19.2 metres). Passenger steamship built by Workman Clark, Belfast for Shaw Savill & Albion. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

.........1914 Departed Auckland with the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, Auckland Infantry Battalion, N.Z. Signal Company, N.Z. Divisional Train 61 Officers, Naval Transport Officer, Medical Officers, Chaplain. 1,400 Men and 496 Horses

1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces

Post Hostilities

1926 transferred to Aberdeen Line and renamed Herminius
1932 retuened to Shaw, Savill & Albion Line renamed back as Waimana
1939 The British Admiralty, converted into dummy battleship in replicating HMS Resolution
1941 renamed Empire Waimana under Ministry Of War Transport (MOWT) and managed by Shaw Savill & Albion Line
1946 renamed Waimana as returned to owners - Shaw, Savill & Albion Line
1952 Scrapped at Milford Haven

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VERDALA

HMNZT 13

1913-44

5880 gross tons. Lbd: 423'5" x 56' x 28'7" (129.1 x 17.1 metres). on: 133113 Cargo steamship built by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow for Gow Harrison & Co, Glasgow. Single screw, triple expansion engine 537nhp 11 knots
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TRANSPORT VOYAGE

14 December 1914 in conjuction with convoy ships Willochra (HMNZT 14) and Knight Of The Garter (HMNZT 15) departed New Zealand with 2nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and steamed for Western Australia.
28 December assembled with fleet of the Second Convoy, departing for the Northern Hemisphere 31 December 1914.
28 January 1915 arrived Egypt

Post Hostilities

1917 owned by Prince Line, London (Furness Withy). Renamed Mongolian Prince
1928 owned by Atlantska Plovidba Ivo racic, Dubrovnik Renamed Istok
1928 owned by Jugoslavenski Lloyd, Dubrovnik.
1940 owned by Crest Shipping Co Ltd. (Ivanovic & Co), London Renamed Maycrest
4th August 1944 Scuttled as a blockship in position Gooseberry No.2 Omaha Beach Normandy

both Images as Mongolian Prince


WILLOCHRA

HMNZT- 14, 21, 27, 35, 47, 54, 66, 85, 95,102

1913-29

7,784 gross tons, 4,532 net. Lbd: 411'7" x 56'7" x 25'1". Steel twin screw passenger ship built by W Beardmore & Co Ltd., Dalmuir for the Adelaide Steamship Co, Adelaide along with sisterships Wandilla & Warilda. Twin quadruple expansion engines producing 626nhp and 7,000ihp. Rated at 15.5 knots
Upon completion chartered to Union Steamship Co of New Zealand


Requisitioned by the New Zealand Government 17 November 1914 for trooping duties

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

14 December 1914 as HMNZT- 14 and in conjuction with convoy ships Verdala (HMNZT 13) and Knight Of The Garter (HMNZT 15) departed New Zealand with 2nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and steamed for Western Australia.
28 December assembled with fleet of the Second Convoy, departing for the Northern Hemisphere 31 December 1914.
28 January 1915 arrived Egypt
17 April 1915 as HMNZT 21 and in convoy with Knight Templar (HMNZT 22) and Waitomo (HMNZT 23) departed New Zealand with 4th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 2,254 troops.
25 May 1915 arrived at Egypt
14 August 1915 as HMNZT 27 and in convoy with Tofua (HMNZT 28) departed New Zealand with 6th reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 2,363 persons
19 September 1915 arrived at Egypt
13 November 1915 as HMNZT 35 and in convoy with Tofua (HMNZT 36) departed New Zealand with 8th Reinforcements (2nd Reinforcements Infantry to NZ Rifle Brigade), a combined total of 2,585 troops commandered by Captain Kirker aboard Willochra
18 December 1915 arrived Egypt
4th March 1916 as HMNZT 47 and in convoy with Tofua (HMNZT 48) departed New Zealand with 11th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 5th Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Reinforcements 3rd, 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, a combined total of 2,222 troops commandered by Lieutenant Scoon aboard Willochra
3rd May 1916 arrived Egypt
27 June 1916 as HMNZT 54 and in convoy with Tofua (HMNZT 55) departed New Zealand with 13th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 7th Reinforcements to the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade & 4th Reinforcements to the 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, a combined total of 2,123 troops commandered by Major Holderness aboard Willochra. Several days out from Albany was diverted from original destination as Devonport England, and arrived at Plymouth, 26 July 1916 11 October 1916 as HMNZT 66 departed New Zealand with (part) 18th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (part also carried by Tofua as HMNZT 67), the 12th Reinforcements 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade & 9th Reinforcements 3rd, 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. Both vessels carried combined total of 2,024 troops
28 December 1916 Arrived Devonport England
9th June 1917 as HMNZT- 85 departed with (part) 26th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (part also carried by Maunganui (HMNZT- 86) that departed three days later).
16 August 1917 arrived Devonport England

22 November 1917 as HMNZT- 95 departed with (part) 31st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.75] (part also carried by Maunganui (HMNZT- 96), the 32nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 23rd & 24th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. A total of 991 troops under command of Lieutenant J B Callan
7th january 1918 arrived at Liverpool England
23 April 1918 s HMNZT- 102 departed with 36th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.81] 37th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade and the 28th Reinforcements Maori Contingent.
Transhipped aboard the liner RMS Ormonde - Suez to Taranto
Transhipped aboard the liner - Duchess of Argyle to Southampton where troops arrived 18 July 1918

1918 requisitioned by the British Government
8th March 1919 (As Transport No 232) departed Southampton with OC of Troops - Lt Col Glendinning, Ship’s Master A M Edwin, and accomodated 42 officers, 1,014 other ranks and 7 nurses on board. Total 1063. 15 April disembarked at Wellington New Zealand


1919 Returned to original owners - Adelaide Steamship Co, Adelaide
1919 sold to the Bermuda & West Indies Steam Ship Co Ltd and renamed Fort Victoria
December 19th 1929 sunk in collision with the steamer Algonquin in New York Harbour . Wreck later blown up to clear channel. In her brief career, she never carried passengers along the Australian coast
Top left image courtesy State Library of Victoria, Top right image courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library New Zealand, colour image (a640328r) courtesy State Library New South Wales


KNIGHT OF THE GARTER

HMNZT 15

1902-30

6655 gross tons. Lbd: 456' x 55'2' x 26'1" (139 x 16.8 metres). Cargo steamship built 1902 by Charles Connell & Company, Scotstoun for Greenshields Cowie & Co., Liverpool trading as the Knight Steam Ship Co Ltd. Single screw, triple expansion engine making 12 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

as HMNZT- 14 and in conjuction with convoy ships Verdala (HMNZT 13) and Willochra (HMNZT 14) departed New Zealand with 2nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and steamed for Western Australia.
28 December assembled with fleet of the Second Convoy, departing for the Northern Hemisphere 31 December 1914.
28 January 1915 arrived Egypt

1917 owned by China Mutual S N Co Ltd, Liverpool (Alfred Holt & Co aka Blue Funnel Line)

Post Hostilities

1923 owned by E A Stavroudis Kania Greece and renamed Aspasia Stavroudi
1926 owned by NV Scheepvaart Mij "Millingen" (G Spliethoff), Rotterdam and renamed Hofplein
4th January 1930 wrecked near Svino LH, Skorpas Island, Norway when bound from Rotterdam to Narvik when under ballast

Left image courtesy State Library Victoria, Right image departing with 6th Reinforcements as HMNZT 27 courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library New Zealand


TALUNE

HMNZT 16

1890-1925

1,991 gross tons, 1,370 net. Lbd: 280' x 38'2" x 21'. (85.3 x 17.6 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship built by Ramage & Ferguson at Leith Glasgow for Tasmanian SN Co, Hobart. Steel hull Single screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots. Rigged for sail only as required
As a passenger vessel, she could accomodate 121 in first class and 51 in second class. Placced uon the Hobart - Melbourne service. 1891 ownership (along with takeover of Company) transferred to Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. Retained on regular service until 1890 when transferred to various routes of her new owners frequencies


TRANSPORT VOYAGE

27 March 1915 as HMNZT 16 departed with 1st Samoan Relief - 408 persons under Major Cockroft
3rd April 1915 arrived Apia Samoa

Post Hostilities

October 1918 gained notorious fame as Spanish Flu carrier that wiped out 25% of Samoa's population
1921 Laid up
1925 Hulked
22 January 1926 scuttled at Waikokopu

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APARIMA

HMNZT - 19, 26, 32, 46, 61, 76

1902-17

5704 gross tons. Lb: 430'5" x 54'3' Cargo steamship built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, London. Twin screw triple expansion steam engines making 13.5 knots. Aparima was especially designed for the Union Company's India service making over 30 voyages to Calcutta. In 1912 Aparima was fitted out to carry 50 cadets which were transferred from the Company's sail training ship Dartford

1915 Requisitioned by the New Zealand Government as a troopship

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

14 February 1915 as HMNZT- 19 departed with 3rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force 1,719 persons all accomodated with two other vessels Maunganui (HMNZT 17) and Tahiti (HMNZT 18)
26 March 1915 arrived at Egypt
13 June 1915 as HMNZT- 26 in convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 24) and Tahiti (HMNZT 25) departed with 5th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and No.2 Stationary Hospital 2,299 persons
6th August 1915 arrived at Egypt
9th October 1915 as HMNZT- 32 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 30), Tahiti (HMNZT 31), Navua (HMNZT 33) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34). In conjunction with Navua (HMNZT 33) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34) carried 7th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. 2,437 troops total (3 ships) those aboard Aparima under Captain Page
30 November 1915 arrived Egypt
29 February 1916 as HMNZT- 46 departed New Zealand with NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade (Roll No.23), troops under command of Major Bennett
4th April 1916 arrived Egypt
18 August 1916 as HMNZT- 61 departed New Zealand with 16th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 7th Maori Contingent and 10th Reinforcements for the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. Troops aboard under command of Captain Cade
16 February 1917 as HMNZT- 76 departed New Zealand with (part) 22nd Reinforcements of the NZ Expeditionary Force (in conjunction with Mokoia HMNZT 77 and Navua HMNZT 78). Also transported the 14th Reinforcements Maori Contingent, Troops aboard under command of Captain J Keir
2nd May 1917 arrived at Plymouth England

19 November 1917 Torpedoed by UB.40 when 6 miles SW of Anvil Point English Channel on passage London to Barry in ballast. A the loss of 54 crew including 17 cadets
It was not until 1952 that Union Steam Ship Company's vessels carried cadets again

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WARRIMOO

HMNZT- 20, 34, 39

1892-1918

3,628 gross tons. Lb: 105.2 x 12.9 metres. on: 101901 Steel hulled, single screw, triple expansion engine. Passenger - cargo vessel built by C S Swan & Hunter at Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne for James Huddart, Melbourne. Service speed = 14.5 knots. Passenger accommodation for 367. Placed under management of Huddart Parker & Co, she traded the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, under the Company name 'New Zealand & Australian S N Co'. Company renamed Canadian - Australian Steamship Co., and taking in Vancouver as part of it's trans-pacific run. 1893 saw Fiji included in the service, taking passengers and cargo. 1901 saw the Company and fleet sold to Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. August 1909 saw the last departure of the Warrimoo from Fiji and the Company was encountering serious financial troubles. From then she was employed on the Tasman route

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

14 February 1915 as HMNZT 20 departed New Zealand with the Pioneer (Maori) Battalion known as 1st Maori Contingent, 515 troops in total under command of Captain W T Pitt. Travelled in a convoy with Maunganui, Tahiti and Aparima all arriving at Egypt 26 March 1915


9th October 1915 as HMNZT- 32 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 30), Tahiti (HMNZT 31), Aparima (HMNZT 32) & Navua (HMNZT 33). In conjunction with Aparima (HMNZT 32) & Navua (HMNZT 33) carried 7th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. 2,437 troops total (3 ships) under Major R S Beere aboard Warrimoo
20 November 1915 arrived Egypt
8th January 1916 as HMNZT- 39 departed New Zealand with (part) 3rd Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade and (part) Advance Party 3rd, 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Tahiti as HMNZT 38 carried the other percentage of troops
9th February 1916 arrived Egypt

Post Hostilities

Sold October 1916 and registered in Singapore to unknown owners

18 May 1918 sunk after a collision off the coast of Tunis North Africa

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KNIGHT TEMPLAR

HMNZT- 22

1905-54

7203 gross tons. Lb: 470' x 58' (143.3 x 17.7 metres). Cargo steamship built by Charles Connell & Co, Scotstoun Glasgow for the Knight Steamship Co. (Greenshields,Cowie & Co), Liverpool. Single screw, triple expansion engine making 11 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

17 April 1915 as HMNZT 22 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 21) and Waitomo (HMNZT 23) departed New Zealnd with 4th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 2,254 persons.
25 May 1915 arrived at Egypt

1917 owned Ocean Steam Ship Co (A Holt & Co), Liverpool
May 1917 to Februrary 1919 requisitioned by the British Admiralty and utilised as an ocean escort vessel

Post Hostilities

1925 sold to Tonsbergs Whaling ( A/S Tonsbergs Hvalfangeri, Tonsberg), converted to whale factory vessel and renamed Orwell
November 1954 scrapped at Hamburg

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WAITOMO

HMNZT- 23

1911-33

4214 gross tons. Lb: 115.8 x 14.9 metres. Cargo steamship built by (or at) Northumberland at Howden as the Gifford for A Weir & Co. Single screw, triple expansion engine making 10 knots
1913 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand Ltd and renamed Waitomo


TRANSPORT VOYAGES
17 April 1915 as HMNZT 23 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 21) and Knight Templar (HMNZT 22) departed New Zealand with 4th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 2,254 persons accomodated aboard the the three vessels.
25 May 1915 arrived at the Suez, Egypt

Post Hostilities

1933 sold to China Pacific Navigation Co and renamed Meishun
Scrapped at Osaki late 1933

Image of vessel at shallow anchor, exact pacific island unknown


TOFUA

HMNZT- 28, 36, 48, 55, 67, 83, 98, 101, 109

1908-34

4345 gross tons. Lb: 350'3' x 48'2" (106.8 x 14.7 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship (Refrigerated) built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for Union SS Co of New Zealand Ltd . Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13.5 knots


TRANSPORT VOYAGES

14 August 1915 as HMNZT 28 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 27) departed New Zealand with 6th reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, a total of 2,363 persons
19 September 1915 arrived at Egypt
13 November 1915 as HMNZT 36 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 35) departed New Zealand with 8th Reinforcements (2nd Reinforcements Infantry to NZ Rifle Brigade), a combined total of 2,585 troops commandered by Captain Armstrong aboard Tofua
18 December 1915 arrived Egypt
4th March 1916 as HMNZT 48 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 47) departed New Zealand with 11th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 5th Reinforcements 1st, 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Reinforcements 3rd, 4th Batt. NZRB. a combined total of 2,222 troops commandered by Captain Shand aboard Tofua
3rd May 1916 arrived Egypt
27 June 1916 as HMNZT 55 and in convoy with Willochra (HMNZT 54) departed New Zealand with 13th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 7th Reinforcements to the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade & 4th Reinforcements to the 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, a combined total of 2,123 troops commandered by Major Hickey aboard Tofua. Several days out from Albany the Willochra was diverted to Plymouth England. Tofua arrived at Devonport England 27 July 1916

11 October 1916 as HMNZT 67 departed New Zealand with (part) 18th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (part also carried by Willochra as HMNZT 66) and the 9th Reinforcements Maori Contingent
28 December 1916 Arrived Plymouth England
26 April 1917 as HMNZT - 83 and in conjunction and convoy with Turakina (HMNZT 84) departed New Zealand - with the 25th Reinforcements New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Troops aboard Tofua under command of Captain F Paterson
19 July 1917 arrived at Plymouth England
13 November 1917 as HMNZT 98 departed New Zealand with 29th, 30th,31st, 32nd,33rd & 34th Field Ambulance and Mounted Rifles Brigade. A total of 810 troops under command of Lieutenant W Ricketts
21 December 1917 arrived at the Suez, Egypt
2nd March 1918 as HMNZT 101 departed New Zealand with 35th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 27th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. 932 troops under command of Capt. R.J. Seddon
08/04/1918 arrived England via stopovers at Suez, Marseilles and Le Havre
1st August 1918 as HMNZT 109 departed New Zealand with 42nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. A total of 856 troops under command of Capt. M Urquart
4th October 1918 arrived London

Post Hostilities

Scrapped at Osaka mid 1934

image shown in dazzle paint when departing Nelson New Zealand


 WAITEMATA

HMNZT- 29, 45, 59, 75, 89

1908-18

5432 gross tons. Lb: 415 x 54 feet. Cargo steamship built by William Hamilton & Co, Glen Yard Port Glasgow, for the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand Ltd. Single screw, triple expansion engine

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

18 September 1915 as HMNZT 29 departed New Zealand with Advance Party 1st, 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Maori Contingent & Details 6th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. A total of 630 troops under command of Major D B Mackenzie
26 October 1915 arrived Egypt
12 February 1916 as HMNZT 45 departed New Zealand with 3rd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade & the Army Service Corps - Detachment No.5
17 March 1916 arrived Egypt
26 July 1916 as HMNZT 59 departed New Zealand with 15th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 9th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade 1st & 2nd Battalion & 6th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade 3rd, 4th Battalion. A total of 59 troops under Captain Dovey
3rd October 1916 arrived Egypt
19 January 1917 as HMNZT 75 departed New Zealand with 13th Reinforcements Maori Contingent and 21st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (part), with the transport Ulimaroa (HMNZT 74) also conveying the 21st.
27 March 1917 arrived at Plymouth England
21 January 1917 as HMNZT 75 departed New Zealand with the 21st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Ulimaroa HMNZT 74. Also carried the 13th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. Troops aboard under command of Lieutenant E V Daldy and totalled 2,068 as spread over both vessels
27 March 1917 arrived Plymouth England
24 July 1917 as HMNZT 89 departed New Zealand with the (part) 28th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Ulimaroa HMNZT 90. Transhipped at Cape Town aboard Omrah (was A5) and HMT Norman which arrived one day later. These two vessels arrived at Plymouth England 25 and 24 September respectively. Ulimaroa completed her voyage at Plymouth also on the 24 September 1917

14 July 1918 torpedoed and sunk by submarine UB105 when 100 miles E by N of Marsa Susa (33.21N/24.10E) on passage from Barry to Alexandria with coal and calcium carbide

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NAVUA

HMNZT- 33, 44, 53, 63, 78

1904-32

2930 gross tons. Lb: 300' x 42'2" (91.4 x 12.9 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship built by David J Dunlop Port Glasgow for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand . Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 12.5 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

9th October 1915 as HMNZT- 33 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Maunganui (HMNZT 30), Tahiti (HMNZT 31), Aparima (HMNZT 32) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34). In conjunction with Aparima (HMNZT 32) & Warrimoo (HMNZT 34) carried 7th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. 2,437 troops total (3 ships) under Major Captain Orr aboard Navua
25 November 1915 arrived Egypt
5th February 1916 as HMNZT 44 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Ulimaroa HMNZT 42 and Mokaia HMNZT 43 in transporting the 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Maori Contingent and No.2 Field Ambulance. Combined total of 2,228 troops and those aboard Mokoia under the command of Lieutenant F E Sutherland
15 March 1916 arrived Egypt
6th May 1916 as HMNZT 53 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Mokoia HMNZT 52 in transporting 12 Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (1st draft), 6th Reinforcements to 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Reinforcements to 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade and 4th Maori Contingent. Exact troop numbers aboard unknown however were under command of Captain A E McDonald
21 June 1916 arrived Egypt
20 August 1916 as HMNZT 63 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Mokoia HMNZT 62 in transporting 16th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and 7th Reinforcements to 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. Troops aboard under command of Captain H E Humphreys
24 October 1916 arrived Devonport England
16 February 1917 as HMNZT- 78 departed New Zealand with (part) 22nd Reinforcements of the NZ Expeditionary Force (in conjunction with Aparima HMNZT 76 and Mokoia HMNZT 77). Troops aboard under command of Captain E W Cuddon
26 April 1917 arrived at Devonport England

Post Hostilities

1927 sold to Khedivial Mail Steam Ship & Graving Dock Co., London and renamed Roda

September 1932 scrapped at Egypt

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DALMORE

HMNZT- 40

1907-17

4717 gross tons. Lb: 119 x 15.9 metres. Cargo steamship built by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Greenock for J M Campbell & Son. Single screw, triple expansion engine


TRANSPORT VOYAGE


14 January 1916 departed New Zealand with NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade (Roll No.21) 9th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, NZ Field Artillery and NZ Engineers. Combined total of 702 Troops Arrived Egypt 26 February 1916
Later 1916 sold to Union Steamship Co of New Zealand Ltd and renamed Waitotara.
17 June 1917 sustained fire 240nm S Noumea and sank following day

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WAIHORA

HMNZT- 41, 58, 70

1907-44

4638 gross tons. Lb: 117.3 x 15.9 metres. Cargo steamship built by Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson at Low Walker on Tyne for Union SS Co of New Zealand Ltd . Single screw, triple expansion engine making 10.5 knots



TRANSPORT VOYAGES

14 January 1916 as HMNZT 41 departed New Zealand with NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade [Roll No.21], 9th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, NZ Field Artillery and NZ Engineers. A total of 702 troops under Captain Hughes
31 March 1916 arrived Egypt
10 July 1916 as HMNZT 58 departed New Zealand with 14th Reinforcements NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade, 116 troops under Captain Millard
20 August 1916 arrived England
5th December 1916 as HMNZT 70 departed New Zealand with 19th Reinforcements NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade and 20th Reinforcements NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade, a total of 113 troops
13 January 1917 arrived England

Post Hostilities

1927 sold to Naigai Kisen renamed Tairyu Maru
19 February 1944 bombed by Aircraft 25.25N/121.30E

image courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand


ULIMAROA

HMNZT- 42, 51, 60, 74, 90, 100, 108

1908-34

5,777 gross tons, 2,986 net. Lbd: 400'3" x 52'2" x 23'2" (122 x 15.9 metres). Steel twin screw passenger vessel built by Gourlay Bros & Co., Dundee for this Huddart Parker & Co, Melbourne. Twin screw, twin triple expansion engines producing 1,095 nhp. Accomodated 190 first, 120 second and 120 third class passengers for the trans-tasman run. Also frequented Australian coastal routes

TRANSPORT VOYAGES


5th February 1916 as HMNZT 42 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Mokoia HMNZT 42 and Navua HMNZT 44 in transporting the 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Maori Contingent and No.2 Field Ambulance. Combined total of 2,228 troops and those aboard Ulimaroa under the command of Major Cowles
12 March 1916 arrived Egypt
1st May 1916 as HMNZT 51 departed New Zealand with the 12 Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (1st draft) and (part) 6th Reinforcements to 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade with Mokoia as HMNZT 52. Exact troop numbers aboard unknown however were under command of Major Mackesy
9th june 1916 arrived Egypt
29 July 1916 as HMNZT 60 departed New Zealand with the 15th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force, 9th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade 1st & 2nd Battalion and 6th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade 3rd & 4th Battalion - all three in conjunction with Waitemata HMNZT 59. Also carried the 5th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. Total troops numbers over both vessels - 1,055 with troops on board Ulimaroa under command of Lieutenant Colonel Pilkington
29 September 1916 arrived at Devonport England
21 January 1917 as HMNZT 74 departed New Zealand with the 21st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Waitemata HMNZT 75. Troops aboard under command of Captain J Hartnell
27 March 1917 arrived Plymouth England
24 July 1917 as HMNZT 90 departed New Zealand with the (part) 28th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Waitemata HMNZT 89. Also carried the 28th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade and the 20th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. Whilst the Waitemata transhipped troops at Cape Town aboard Omrah (was A5) and HMT Norman, Ulimaroa completed her voyage at Plymouth on the 24 September 1917. Troops aboard under command of Captain J A Cushen


8th February 1918 as HMNZT 100 departed New Zealand with 34th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and the 26th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.76]. Troops aboard (1,040) under command of Captain J W Ward
29 March 1918 arrived at Liverpool England
27 July 1918 as HMNZT 108 departed New Zealand with 41st Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. 1,004 troops in total and under command of Captain A W Scott
4th October 1918 arrived at London England

Post Hostilities

Sold to Japanese breakers at Kobe where scrapped from July 1934

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MOKOIA

HMNZT - 43, 52, 62, 77, 91

1898-1929

3502 gross tons, 2154 net. Passenger Cargo steamship built W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for Union Steamship Company of New Zealand Ltd. Lb: 330' x 43'1" (100.6 x 13.1 metres). Single screw triple expansion engine Top speed 15 knots. Service speed rated at 13.5 knots. Passengers 356

Operated on the Sydney - Auckland - Dunedin service transferring in 1908 to the Auckland - coastal ports - Dunedin route


TRANSPORT VOYAGES

5th February 1916 as HMNZT 43 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Ulimaroa HMNZT 42 and Navua HMNZT 44 in transporting the 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Maori Contingent and No.2 Field Ambulance. Combined total of 2,228 troops and those aboard Mokoia under the command of Major Wolstenholme
15 March 1916 arrived Egypt
6th May 1916 as HMNZT 52 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Navua (HMNZT 53) in transporting 12 Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (1st draft), 6th Reinforcements to 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Reinforcements to 3rd, 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade and 4th Maori Contingent. Also carried (part) 6th Reinforcements to 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade in conjunction with Ulimaroa as (HMNZT 52). Exact troop numbers aboard unknown however were under command of Captain Short
21 June 1916 arrived Egypt
20 August 1916 as HMNZT 62 departed New Zealand in a convoy with Navua (HMNZT 63) in transporting 16th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and 7th Reinforcements to 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. Troops aboard under command of Captain Haselden
24 October 1916 arrived Devonport England
13 February 1917 as HMNZT- 77 departed New Zealand with (part) 22nd Reinforcements of the NZ Expeditionary Force {roll No 55} (in conjunction with Aparima (HMNZT 76) and Navua (HMNZT 78). Troops aboard under command of Captain Barton.
2nd May 1917 arrived at Plymouth England
13 August 1917 as HMNZT 91 departed New Zealand with (part) 29th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.70] in conjunction with Ruahine (HMNZT 92). Troops aboard Mokoia under command of Captain H Seddon Hills
2nd October 1917 arrived at Glasgow

Post Hostilities

1920 withdrawn from service and laid up at Port Chalmers
1929 at Port Chalmers reduced to a hulk
4th March 1931 scuttled at Carey's Bay
16 July 1941 hulk was raised to recover scrap, cut down to the waterline and scuttled again December 1941 to strengthen the mole at Otago Heads

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DEVON

HMNZT- 64, 81

1915-41

9661 gross tons. Lb: 144.3 x 18.3 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship (Refrigerated) laid down as the 'Cornwall' at Dunkirk, France by 'unknown' and completed by Silley Weir, London as the 'Devon' for Federal SN Co Ltd. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 12 knots


TRANSPORT VOYAGES

25 September 1916 as HMNZT 64 departed New Zealand with (part) 17th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Pakeha HMNZT 65. Troops aboard Devon under command of Captain Beamish
21 November 1916 arrived at Devonport England
5th April 1917 as HMNZT 81 departed New Zealand with (part) 24th Reinforcements NNZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.59] in conjunction with Pakeha HMNZT 82. Total troop number across both vessels - 2,141. Troops aboard Devon under command of Captain F Potter
10 June 1917 arrived at Devonport England

Post Hostilities

19 August 1941 scuttled 4.08S/92.23W

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PAKEHA

HMNZT - 65, 82

1910-46

8115 gross tons. Lb: 477 x 63 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship (refrigerated) built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Shaw, Savill & Albion Line. Twin screw, quadruple expansion engine making 13 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

25 September 1916 as HMNZT 65 departed New Zealand with (part) 17th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force in conjunction with Devon HMNZT 64. Also carried 8th Reinforcements Maori Contingent, 11th Reinforcements 1st & 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade and 8th Reinforcements 3rd & 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade. Combined total of troops aboard both vessels - 2,181. Troops aboard Pakeha under command of Captain Columb
19 November 1916 arrived at Devonport England
26 April 1917 as HMNZT 82 departed New Zealand with (part) 24th Reinforcements NNZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.59] in conjunction with Devon HMNZT 81. Total troop number across both vessels - 2,141. Troops aboard Pakeha under command of Major Murphy
28 July 1917 arrived at Devonport England

Post Hostilities

Resumed cargo services between England and New Zealand

1939 Acquired by the British Admiralty, converted to dummy 'lookalike' vessel of the HMS Revenge
1941 Renamed Empire Pakeha by Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) converted to cargo ship and managed by Shaw, Savill & Albion

Post Hostilities (WW2)

1946 Renamed Pakeha when handed back to Shaw, Savill & Albion Line. Converted into a meat storage hulk
1950 Scrapped Briton Ferry

Left image (awm-P01356) and taken 27.10.1919 - courtesy Australian War Memorial, right image personal collection


PORT LYTTELTON

HMNZT- 71

1902-24

6444 gross tons. Lb: 137.2 x 16.8 metres. Cargo steamship (refrigerated) built by Workman and Clark, Belfast as the Niwaru for the Tyser Line Ltd, London. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 12 knots


1914 taken over with fleet by the Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line)
1916 renamed Port Lyttelton

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

7th December 1916 as HMNZT 71 departed New Zealand with 20th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force first draft and NZ Rifle Brigade 11th Reinforcement to 4th Battalion. Captain Rattray in command of troops on board
18 February 1917 arrived at Plymouth England

Post Hostilities

Commencing 10 October 1924 demolition began by L E Conti, Genoa as a result of stranding damage

Left image personal collection, Right image (PortLyttelton_lyt2_1qaa1) National Archives of Australia


OPAWA

HMNZT- 73

1906-43

7230 gross, 4588 net, 10620 deadweight. Lbd: 460'7" x 60'2" x 28'7" (140.4 x 18.4 metres). Cargo steamship built W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for New Zealand Shipping Company. Twin screw, two 3-cylinder triple expansion engines, 5652 ihp at 85 rpm, 14.64 knots on trials. 5 single ended return tube boilers, coal fired. Bunker capacity 2108 tons

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

2nd January 1917 as HMNZT 73 departed New Zealand with NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade Reinforcements and the 12th Reinforcements Maori Contingent. Troops aboard under command of Captain Short
27 March 1917 arrived at London

Post Hostilities

1928 owned by Brunn & von der Lippe Tonsberg, Norway converted to a whale factory ship renamed Antartic
1935 sold to Nippon Hogei, Japan and renamed Antartic Maru
1935 renamed Tonan Maru
28 November 1943 torpedoed & sunk by US submarine 'Bowfish' 25 miles off Nah Trang, Vietnam, (12.46N/109.42E) while operating as a tanker

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CORINTHIC

HMNZT- 80, 93

1902-32

12,231 gross tons. Lb: 152.5 x 19.3 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Harland & Wolff. Belfast for the Oceanic Steam Ship Co (White Star Line). Single screw, triple expansion engine making 12 knots
....................Although under Oceanic SS Co ownership, she operated under a joint service with Shaw Savill & Albion Line in trading between England and New Zealand. Sisterships Athenic and Ionic, both on the same service


TRANSPORT VOYAGE

2nd April 1917 as HMNZT 80 departed New Zealand with (part) 23rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.57] in conjunction with Ruapehu (HMNZT 79) a combined total of 2,094 with troops aboard Corinthic under command of Captain H.E. Burrell
10 June 1917 arrived Devonport England

13th November 1917 as HMNZT 93, departed New Zealand with (part) 30th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (in conjunction with Arawa HMNZT 94), 22nd Reinforcements Maori Contingent and the 29th & 30th Reinforcements NZ Rifle Brigade. On board troop commander Captain H L de F. Garland
8th December 1917 arrived at Liverpool, England

Post Hostilities

Commencing 13 April 1932 broken up at Wallsend, ironically by the established shipbuilders - Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd

Left image as Shaw Savill postcard - personal collection, right image online source


TURAKINA

HMNZT- 84

1902-17

8210 gross tons. Lb: 144.2 x 18.2 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn for New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, registered Plymouth Britain. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13.5 knots
Desinged for passenger/cargo services between Great Britain and New Zealand



TRANSPORT VOYAGE

Requisitioned as a New Zealand Troop Transport vessel and given prefix HMNZT - 84. Along with ss TOFUA (HMNZT 83) departed New Zealand 26 April 1917 with 25th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (both vessels carried the 25th Reinforcements New Zealand Expeditionary Force), 17th Reinforcements Maori Contingent, NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company's 5th Reinforcements

20 July 1917 arrived at Plymouth England

13 August 1917 torpedoed and sunk by submarine (U86) 48.30N/8.34W en route London to New York in ballast

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RUAHINE

HMNZT - 92, 110

1909-57

10758 gross tons. Lb: 480'6" x 60'4" (146.5 x 18.4 metres) Passenger/cargo steamship built W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 15 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGES

18 August 1917 as HMNZT 92 departed New Zealand with (part) 29th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force [roll No.70] - in conjunction with Mokoia (HMNZT 91) and the 21st Reinforcements Maori Contingent. Troops aboard Ruahine under command of Captain T M Charters
2nd October 1917 arrived at Glasgow
17 August 1918 as HMNZT 110 departed New Zealand with 43rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (1st draft) and the 27th reinforcements Maori Contingent. A total of 520 troops under command of Lieutenant Colonel D Colquhoun
29 October 1918 arrived at London

Post Hostilities

1949 owned by Grimaldi Bros, (Ragruppamento Armatore Fratelli Grimaldi) Naples. Extensively rebuilt to carry emigrants to South America and renamed Auriga
1949 owned by Fratelli Grimaldi, Naples
22 March 1957 demolition began at Savona

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IONIC

HMNZT - 104

1902-37

12232 gross tons. Lb: 152.5 x 19.3 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship (refrigerated) built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Oceanic Steamship Co (White Star Line), registered Liverpool. Twin screw, quadruple expansion engine making 14 knots. Along with her sisterships Athenic & Corinthic she serviced England - New Zealand in a joint service with SHaw Savill & Albion Line

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

16 May 1918 as HMNZT 104 departed New Zealand with 37th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force and Specialists Company Medical Corps (part). A total of 251 troops under command of Captain G G Dennison
7th July 1918 arrived at London

Post Hostilities

1935 owned by Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Liverpool
1936 owned by Norfolk & North American S N Co Ltd, Liverpool
16 June 1937 demolition began at Yokohama

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REMUERA

HMNZT - 105

1911-40

11276 gross tons, 7154 net, 10595 dwt. Lbd: 485' x 62'4" x 29'5" (147.8 x 19 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship (refrigerated) built by W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton for New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd. Triple expansion engine 3 cyl, driving twin screws, 7314 ihp, 15.5 knots max. Service speed rated 13 knots

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28 September 1911 Sailed from London on her maiden voyage to Wellington
15 July 1916 Made the first NZ Shipping Co's passenger sailing through the Panama Canal, eastbound from Wellington to London


14 August 1917 until 19 February 1919 Taken up under the Liner Requisition Scheme

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

16 May 1918 as HMNZT 105 departed New Zealand with 38th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. A total of 761 troops under command of Colonel E H Saunders
31 July 1918 arrived at Liverpool England

Post Hostilities

7th September 1918 departed Liverpool as Troopship Number 191 with New Zealand Troops both able bodied and convalescing bound for New Zealand.
Disembarked at Wellington 23 October 1918
1920 Converted to burn oil fuel. Accommodation rebuilt. New tonnages as 11,158 gross, 7113 net
1927 Accommodation further altered with additional cabins on former boat deck, and boats re-positioned, revised tonnages as - 11,383 gross, 7246 net
19 April 1940 Requisitioned by Ministry Of War Transport for service in the Liner Division
26 August 1940 sunk by arial torpedoes launched by aircraft 12 miles N of Peterhead 57.50N/1.54W when bound from from Wellington to London. All 93 crew and one gunner were saved

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MATATUA

HMNZT - 111

1904-40

6488 gross tons. Lb: 136.5 x 17.2 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Workman Clark, Belfast for Shaw Savill & Albion Line. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots

TRANSPORT VOYAGE

2nd October 1918 as HMNZT 111 departed New Zealand with 43nd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force (1st draft) and 32th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.90] . A total of 497 troops under command of Major S G Sandle
5th December 1918 arrived London

Post Hostilities

1928 sold to A Bernstein renamed Ilsenstein
18 February 1940 scuttled at Skerry Sound, Scapa Flow

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MANUKA

No HMNZT number designated

1903-28

4505 gross tons, 2784 net. Lb: 368'7" x 47'2". on:117582 Passenger Cargo steamship built by William Denny & Brothers Dumbarton, Yard No 689 for Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. Launched: Tuesday, 8th September 1903, completed 1903. Schooner rigged twin screw steamer with passenger accommodation for 232 in First class and 135 Second class. Another record states - 243-1st, 116-2nd and 60-3rd class
May 1905 first voyage Sydney - Brisbane - Honolulu - Vancouver but sailed only intermittantly on this service and used mainly on the trans Tasman trade, that being - Wellington - Sydney - Hobart - Sydney - Wellington 'horseshoe' run
1908 when making a voyage on the Trans - Pacific route, picked up the passengers and crew of wrecked steamship 'Aeon' from Christmas Island September 23,1908. They had been marooned since July


1914 Remeasured at 4534 gross tons, 2813 net

1914 requisitioned as a Troop Transport. Not designated an official NZ Troop transport number


TRANSPORT VOYAGE


13 July 1916 departed New Zealand with 15th Mounted Rifles (102 troops) for Sydney where they were transferred aboard the RMS 'Malwa'. These Regiments arrived at their destination, Egypt 24 August 1916
5th October 1916 departed New Zealand with 17th and 18th Main Regiment (227 troops) for Sydney where they were transferred aboard the RMS Morea. These Regiments arrived at their destination, Egypt 14 November 1916
16 November 1916 departed New Zealand with 19th Mounted Rifles (113 troops) for Sydney where they were transferred aboard the RMS Malwa. These Regiments arrived at their destination, Egypt 24 January 1917
8th February 1917 departed New Zealand with 21st Mounted Rifles (135 troops) for Sydney where they were transferred aboard the RMS Malwa. Later trans-shipped at Bombay aboard A47 Mashobra arriving destination (England?) 4th April 1917
13 June 1918 departed Wellington New Zealand with New Zealand Expeditionary Force as 38th Mounted Rifles (145 troops) for Sydney. Transhipped onto Troopship 'Port Lyttelton'. Arrived final destination Suez, Egypt 3rd August 1918



This real photo postcard taken by W G Little at Hobart showing Troops aboard and defies current records of Troop movements during World War 1. As Manuka trans-shipped NZ forces to Sydney where they would have disembarked, this image reveals a Troop departure from Hobart. Possibly Australian Reinforcements (unstated) en-route to Sydney (Date unknown)

Post Hostilities

Visited Auckland 6 times between 22 Jul 1924 and 15 Feb 1927. December 1928 wrecked on Long Point south of The Nuggets, Otago New Zealand on passage Melbourne for Wellington


All images personal collection


WESTRALIA

No HMNZT number designated

1897-1942

2,884 gross tons, 1819 net. Lbd: 327'4" x 41'2" x 20'5" (99.8 x 12.6 metres). Steel steamship built by J Laing, Sunderland as a passenger vessel for Huddart Parker & Co, Melbourne. Single screw. Triple expansion engine producing 412 nhp Rated 14 knots

Placed upon the West Australian trade. Served most of this company's ports of call including New Zealand

TRANSPORT VOYAGE


31 May 1917 departed New Zealand with the 27th & 28th Main Regiment (249 troops) and trans-shipped at Sydney onto the steamship 'Port Lincoln'. 19 October 1917 arrived England

Post Hostilities

November 1927 sold to W R Carpenter, Sydney who hulked her that year. The hulk was towed to Rabaul and used as a storeship (hulk) until sunk 22 January 1942 from aircraft bombing

Left image postcard in issue. Right image courtesy State Library of Victoria


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