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Northern Steam Ship Company

MELVA     1946

MELVA  1946 Photograph: New Zealand National Maritime Museum - AMS Collection

Photograph: New Zealand National Maritime Museum - AMS Collection

 

Built:

1946

Builder:

United Ship and Boatbuilders Limited and Steel Ships Limited., Auckland

Official Number:

171449

Tonnage:

243 gross

Type:

Motor ship

Entered Fleet:

1946

Left Fleet:

1946

Career:

1946 built in Auckland as powered lighter YF-1047
26 Oct 1946 to 12 Nov 1946 chartered by Northern Steam Ship Company to carry cargo to Great Barrier, Tauranga, Whangaroa and Napier.
12 Nov 1946 passed to Holm and Company (under charter).
Sep 1948 chartered by Union Manufacturing and Export Co., Petone. Employed salvaging US war material in Pacific.
1949 sold to same company. Damaged off New Guinea and badly holed on reef near Mackay, Queensland.
1950 laid up Wellington.
1951 Sold to Greymouth Shipping Company. In service between Greymouth, Wellington and Wanganui.
1952 new twin diesel engines installed.
1954 laid up Wellington.
1956 Sold to Captain H C Williams, Rarotonga, for trade in the Cook Islands group.
1957 Sold to Dartim Shipping Co. Hong Kong, trading between Timor and Australia.
1961 Arrived Townsville for repairs. Arrested for debt.
2 Sep 1966 Scuttled 50 miles off Townsville.

Acknowledgements:

Thank you to Michael Raynes for the above information.

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