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Old 08-05-2009, 05:24
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Commencing RNZN Ship Of The Week:

A thread of lesser known RNZN ships launched in the same spirit as 'RAN Ship Of The Day' on the Aussie forum. The motive is also, of course, to add to the Forum's overall role as a Net encylopaedia of warship images.


HMZNS Breeze, Auxiliary Minesweeper, 622 tons gross. She was equipped with asdic and radar, carried a single four-inch gun on a bandstand, two 20mm Oerlikons, 2 m.gs and 50 depth charges.

The following is mainly from Wikipedia, with a photo added from Ross Gillett's 1983 book Australian and New Zealand Warships, 1914-1945.

Requisitioned from the Canturbury Steam Shipping Company, Breeze joined the 25th Minesweeping Flotilla at Tulagi in April 1943. On her arrival she was also formed, with Matai and her sister ship Gale, into the 9th Auxiliary Minesweeping group within the flotilla. They carried out night-time patrol and escort duties under COMSOPAC control. The Japanese were well north by this time, but occasionally made sudden attacks into American strongholds around Guadalcanal.

In July 1943, prior to being fitted with radar, Breeze collided with USS LST895 off Guadalcanal while patrolling in a monsoon rainstorm. Grazing port to port, she had a boat wrecked.

During convey escort duty in Ironbottom Sound she was attacked, but not damaged, by dive-bombers.

From time to time the flotilla boats would return to Auckland for refits, usually escorting freighters bound the same way.By mid 1944 the owners were demanding the return of Breeze and her twin Gale. COMSOPAC released her on 10 November 1944.

She was sold to Philippines interests in 1964, and subsequently re-named Balabac.

There is a nice photograph of Breeze down the page here, laid up in Lyttleton in 1964: it's posted on the shipping compoany's site, on a send-for request basis, something I've not quite had time to do.

http://images.google.com.au/imgres?i...%3D20%26um%3D1


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FORUMERS: My own feeling is that this thread and the Warships of New Zealand thread with now more than 70 images and a fair amount of RNZN detail in them, are little 'lost' here in Everything Else.

I'm putting a proposal to the Mods that these threads might be transferred to:

(1) An expanded Australian forum section, which could become an 'Australian and New Zealand Ships' section. Or...

(2) A separate New Zealand ships forum.

My own instinct is that the latter might be hard to sustain, in that we appear to have only a handful of NZ members at present - but such a step might bring more in. I guess the question is whether anyone, Kiwi or Aussie, would object
to the combining of a forum for the two services in this way, but to my mind there is a natural synergy in it - sister services in the same part of the world, which often operate together.

You might offer any views on this, so the Mods can guage any reaction. I've put a similar notice on the other NZ thread here. Thanks. K.
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Jeff, as promised here's the larger version of that photo from my collection.


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Thanks Alan - the pic of HMNZS Breeze just caught my eye, and your larger version looks even better. K.
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Jeff - what you say regarding either a combined Australian and New Zealand section or a stand alone New Zealand section is compelling and has my full support. The problem is that only Kc can change the actual main headings of the forum.

Hopefully he will see this and come back with an answer.

I will Pm him as well on your behalf unless you would rather do so yourself...
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I'll add a separate NZ section. Although it has been said that perhaps this would be unsustainable, the fact that it exists will help drive it in the future, rather than smothering it as a sub-section of the Oz navy. I'll transfer a few threads later, but the mods can also perform this task. If there's any threads still needing to be transferred, let me know after the weekend and I can move them.
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Thanks Kc I am sure this will please Jeff. I am quite happy to move the New Zealand threads later this evening...
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Thanks very much Kc and Terry, and Alan, for supporting the proposal. Let's hope its a good new addition and get's some new Kiwi members in, and has wider interest on the forum.

I'll certainly do my best to make sure it gets some posts and images. Thanks again. K.
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A pleasure Jeff. I think the RNZ navy deserves its own section.
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I'm worried. I'm deeply worried. You'll appreciate that I'm doing these particular entries from a distance without many back-up references - and how will I fare if I get a word, one word, wrong with this one? A ship that is a legend, a pure legend, known to thousands of men who passed through the ranks of Royal New Zealand Navy in the years between 1926 and 1946.

I'm particularly worried about a 90+year old gentleman named Jack Harker, a one-time Navy wireless telegraphist who was one of the men who served on her, along and with a number of larger ships including cruisers. As the last of his many books, Jack published Left Hand Down A Bit ! the Wakakura Story.

I hope he will be tolerant of these meagre efforts to honour her, partly drawing on his work, and that of the more usual Internet sources.

Nonetheless, here goes ...HMNZS Wakakura, ex-RN Castle Class trawler/ minesweeper and training ship, is our RNZN Ship Of The Week.

I think the lesson here, when one is so worried about making a mistake, is not to say too much. The 540-620 ton full load Wakakura was built in Canada for the Royal Navy in 1917 and at present I don't find any other name for her - still searching, and will edit it if one appears. But 'Wakakura' may have even been her original name. As everyone in NZ knows, it is the Maori word for 'precious canoe' or 'training ship.'

Wakakura was purchased 'as is, where is' by NZ as a training ship for the RNVR New Zealand Division off the 'rotten row' scrap heap at Inverness, and with an RN crew was dolled up for her long voyage to the Antipodes.

Jack Harking writes that her delivery voyage itself was legendary, and that along the way she totted up repair bills four times her original purchase price just to get there.

Jack says : '(The) little trawler paid a big part in the lives of New Zealand's pre-war and wartime naval reservists. Her Majesty's Trawler (later HMNZS) Wakakura...also left an impression on various wharves and a couple of other ships as she roamed from port to port around New Zealand instructing young would-be sailors in naval procedures.'

Wakakura served through WW11 as a training ship and danlayer. In war service she was armed with a single 4-inch, two Vickers .303 m.g.s, and a Lewis twin m.g.s and four depth charges. She was deleted from the New Zealand Navy lists in 1946, and sold to the Tasman Steamship Company (formed by returned servicemen), and converted in 1947 to a refrigerated cargo ship, where I presently lose trace of her.

Well, there it is. What a ship! HMNZS Wakakura, the 'precious canoe,' and I'm sure loved by all who sailed on her (now that couldn't be a mistake, could it?), is our RNZN Ship Of The Week.
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The RNZN operated 39 minesweepers and danlayers during WW11, including 20 purpose-built naval ships and 19 converted trawlers and merchantmen.

Our RNZN Ship of the Week, HMNZS South Sea, is one of the latter, which unfortunately came to a premature end in a collision with the Union Steamship Company's Trans-Tasman steamer and sometime HMT Wahine (means 'wife') off Point Haswell in Wellington Harbour on December 19, 1942.

The 312 ton South Sea had been built by Goole Shipbuilding and Repair Pty Ltd in the U.K. in 1912 as the steam trawler Ferribly (not 'Terribly').

Wahine, 4,436 tons, was completed at Denny's Dumbarton Yard a year later, and served as a HMT in the Mediterranean and at Gallipoli in WW1 (3rd pic) - famous among dockside loungers for her capacity to frequently reverse full steam down crowded Valetta Harbour without mishap, despite ships all around. The secret, few knew, was a special rudder that had been fitted in Lyttelton soon after her arrival in NZ, for some reason I've now forgotten.

She served as a HMT again at times in WW11, but the fourth pic shows her in unusual the unusual livery of a repatriation ship in June 1942, taking Japanese diplomats and other enemy aliens to Sydney as the first stages of their return to their own countries.

Wahine, however, was on an inter-island ferry run between Lyttelton and Wellington in the week before Christmas, 1942, when the two ships, finished a year apart, were destined to meet - probably not for the first time - but now heading on courses that intersected at a right angle across Wellington Harbour.

It was broad daylight, 8.30 a.m., and visability was excellent. This really didn't have to happen.

South Sea , under the command of Temporary Lieutenant Peter Bradley, was crossing the Harbour on a picket line from Somes Island being maintained alternately with her minesweeping sister ship HMNZS Rata not far away.


The little minesweeper was to port of Wahine, Captain Alexander Howie, coming out of Fryatt Quay, and the bigger ship had right of way - but Temp. Lt. Bradley maintained his course and speed resolutely, thinking he would get past her.

Captain Howie had no doubt watched this was rising alarm, and finally ordered engines astern and a turn to starboard at the last minute. Wahine's bow met HMNZS South Sea amidships, knocking her helmsman unconscious.

All was done for the stricken little ship that could be. HMNZS Rata took off her crew, while the harbour tug Toia came out with a powerful pump, but to no avail. The dear little minesweeper sank below the waves near Point Haswell.

Ah well. All good things come to an end. At least noone was lost. But ... poor Temp Lt Bradley. No ship and a Board of Enquiry for Christmas. I wonder if his appointment was ever confirmed. And poor little HMNZS South Sea . She's our RNZN ... Ship Of The Week.

PS: SS Wahine was sold to the breakers in 1951.
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Everyone connected with New Zealand's 1950s pioneering efforts in the Ross Dependency of Antarctica remembered this little 900-ton vessel three years ago, when the scientific community commemorated the 50th anniversary of her voyage there to establish New Zealand's Antarctic Scott Base.

While the base was built, the late Sir Edmund Hillary, leader of the Kiwi Trans Antarctica Expedition, and his men set out on tractor-wheeled vehicles laying depots along the routes to the Pole.

HMNZS Endeavour, ex-HMS Pretext, ex-BDV and Antarctica Research Vessel, RNZN 1955-1962, is our RNZN Ship Of The Week.

The first of three RNZN vessels thus far to carry the name Endeavour (following a line of nine in the Royal Navy, including Cook's), she was built in the U.S. by the American Car and Foundry Company as the netlayer USS Satinwood, AN 76, but passed almost immediately on completion to the RN under the Lend Lease Agreement in 1944, a Pre-class boom defence vessel commissioned as HMS Pretext.

In 1947 was she was sold to the Falkland Islands Dependency Government, taking the name John Briscoe, and her hull sheathed in three inches of greenheart timber for performing survey work in ice.

New Zealand acquired the ship for the RNZN in June 1955 when it was clear that the country defence forces and scientific community would be playing a major role in the U.K.-inspired Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also co-operating with U.S. Antarctic research efforts, and the establishment of American Base at McMurdo Sound.

After a re-fit in Southampton, Endeavour steamed to New Zealand and, with her heavy steel bow, pushed South in the summer of 1956 with materials and men to establish the Scott Base at Pram Point, which passed to New Zealand ownership two years later.

The former BVD made five voyages to Antarctica but by 1962 she was showing signs of wear, and a mercantile-built vessel, to become HMNZS Namakagon, was acquired to take her place. Endeavour was sold to a Canadian Company , becoming a sealer under the name Arctic Endeavour. Sadly, she foundered off Newfoundland on November 11, 1982.

Clearly, in EnZed there are still many warm memories of her pioneering work in the early days of Scott Base, when she was both home and lifeline in that spectacular, but unforgiving environment. For our purposes, I think some images here give a sense of her story...HMNZS Endeavour is our RNZN Ship Of The Week.
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Looking very stately, with a bridge almost as high as her funnel, the eighth and last of the RNZN's steel Castle Class anti-submarine minesweepers HMNZS Waiho steams off Auckland.

Built by Stevenson and Cook at Port Chalmers, the 540-612tons full load Waiho, T34, came into service in June 1944 just as the larger Modified Flower Class corvettes Arabis and Arbutus were arriving from the Royal Navy.

The move towards these ships with much greater range, speed and escort capacity saw the next Castle Class ship remain incomplete, and orders for four more cancelled. Waiho herself, armed with a single 12-pounder and two m.g.s, swept and patrolled off Auckland, where she was based, and paid off for disposal in 1946.

She became one of three RNZN WW11 trawler-minesweepers sold to the Red Funnel Fisheries fleet in Sydney, while two others went to A.A. Murrell in the same city.

Hence, they served out their lives trawling the Australian East Coast for more prawns to throw on the Barbie.

Waiho's service with the RNZN was quite brief, and although I did search high and low, I haven't lucked on any more personalized stories to go with the photos. With a complement of 35, and less than 18 months naval service, perhaps the chances this time were a little slim. Still, she answered the call when asked, and her service deserves recognition.

She looks good, and HMNZS Waiho, T34, is our RNZN Ship Of The Week.
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Well, as soon as I saw the photo below, I knew that was it: could hardly wait for Thursday to post it.

HMNZS Muritai, auxiliary minesweeper and anti-submarine patrol vessel, is the RNZN Ship Of The Week.

The 462 ton Muritai was a Wellington harbour ferry built for Eastbourne Borough Council in 1922-23, and from a brief scan of some manuscript items in the Borough archives I gather people had warm summer excursions memories of her, in that way people tend to feel about tugboats and ferries,

Muritai was commissioned as a minesweeper in 1940, operating out of Wellington, and was involved in a number of successful minesweeping operations with the local MS flotilla. There was an interruption in her war service in 1943 when she got entangled in the NZ Naval Board's long search for a minelaying vessel, recounted in S.D. Waters's New Zealand navy history.

In 1939, the NZ naval authorities had drawn up ambitious plans for extensive anti-invasion minefields to be laid around all its main ports and in some cases within harbours close to important military installations. Most crucial was Auckland for which 422 mines were ordered from Australia, with an agreement that the RAN would send HMAS Bungaree to lay them.

Demands for the services of the RAN's sole minelayer extended however from the Dutch East Indies to New Caledonia and Noumea, and while the defensive fields into Auckland were finally laid, the experience convinced the RNZN that it needed its own vessel, both for minelaying and maintaining the fields.

A long and fruitless search for a suitable vessel, both within New Zealand and the United States followed, and in the end, with some misgivings, it was decided that the little former ferry HMNZS Muritai would have to be it.

In 1943 she was sent into the Devonport dockyard for the necessary work, but lay there for months with nothing done. The yard was at full stretch repairing US ships coming from the Pacific. In the end, Muritai was simply taken back and resumed duties as a port minesweeping and anti-submarine patrol vessel.

She was released from service in 1946, and I'm afraid I can't readily find trace of what happened to her since.

Again, I'm always impressed by the way the RNZN turns its ships out, and with fewer hulls in the water, how much they pack onto them. HMNZS Muritai here is a good case on both points. I don't have a reference for her armament fit, but that looks like a TWIN gun installation on the bandstand up front, which would be very unusual for a ship of this size and type.

And finally, of course, she looks just a treat. HMNZS Muritai is the RNZN Ship Of The Week.
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Folks, I'm under pressure from heavy posting and other chores elsewhere, and apologise for this late entry. Anyway, I have limited info, but invite you to contemplate the sweet lines and serene setting of one of the RNZN's first WW11 auxiliary minesweepers.

HMNZS Thomas Currell, auxiliary minesweeper , RNZN 1939-1945, is this week's RNZN Ship Of The Week.

This is another of those little ships where I suspect there is probably a lot of local knowledge out there somewhere, but not easy for a distant outsider the access.

Originally constructed as a Strath Class minesweeper for the Royal Navy in 1919, the 204 tons gross trawler Thomas Currell was one of three requisitioned from Sanford Ltd of Auckland in October 1939, and decommissioned in November 1945. I'll edit in any further details as I find them, but as one of the smaller auxiliaries I think her duties were confined to local waters - not sure at present.

As for her later career, the one trace I find is this second photo posted by Phil NZ on flickr in 2006, which shows her wrecked but still very recognisable at Port Hutt on Chatham Island. There is a passing reference to her having been a 'freezer,' presumably a refrigerated vessel in the fishing fleet.

Anyway, she looked very fine - our RNZN Ship Of The Week.
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We are indebted today to Alan Benn for sending us Down Under this fine moody pic of HMNZS Scarba, which is now our RNZN Ship of The Week.


Scarba was one of four (Scottish) Isles Class minsweeper trawlers ordered by the RNZN in 1941, and commissioned in 1942, when she initially conducted escorts from California across the Pacific and then from Hawaii to Auckland, with LCDR Peter Phipps (later VA) initially in command of her - immediately before he went on to fame with Moa at Guadalcanal.

Scarba, 560 tons standard, was built at Cook Welton and Gemmell Ltd at Beverley in the U.K. and was armed with a single 12-pounder, three 20mm AA and DCs.

I lack a copy with Waters's RNZN history and ready access often to the service records of some of the smaller ships. A total of 22 RNZN ships, for example, were involved in the Solomons Islands campaigns, the New Zealand Navy's major area of operations during the Pacific War, and I think Scarba was involved in escorts into that warfront area, but would need to confirm that.

A total of 197 Isles Class were built during the war. The four NZ ships were all laid in 1946 and placed in reserve until they were finally listed for disposal in 1958. At least one went into civilian use after that, but I'm not sure about Scarba. Glad if anyone can complement this rather scant history. She's our RNZN Ship Of The Week.

EDIT: Having now had a chance to read the minesweeping chapter of the J.D. Waters history of the RNZN online, I can add that Scarba was attached to the 7th Trawler Group based in Auckland, the other ships in the group being Inchkeith, Killegray and Sanda. Scarba played a role in escorting and protecting supply ships to Norfolk Island, equidistant between NZ and Australia, where an anti-submarine patrol base was being developed. In October 1943 Scarba also gave protection to Cable Enterprise1 while that ship was repairing the Norfolk Island – Suva (Fiji)submarine cable. In late 1943, Scarba was one of a team of minesweepers used to successfully clear all but nine of 258 mines laid defensively earlier in the war in the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, the others thought to have drifted out to sea. A similar sweep of a smaller independent field was done in the Bay of Islands.

Towards the end of the war, Scarba was also one of the sweepers going over track charts obtained of the German ship Orion, seeking mines laid by that ship but none were found in two phases of this operation. These operations were also hampered by a lack of steaming coal at the time.

Thus, although her field of operations appears to have extended out as far as Fiji and Norfolk, it appears that much of Scarba's wartime work was done in local waters. She appears not to have been one of the ships involved in the Solomons operations. K.
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Folks, I'm admitting defeat on RNZN Ship Of The Week as originally conceived: the smaller EnZed ships and their stories.

I find I just don't have the back-up material to fill their stories in, and - this goes back to my publishing background - I feel something produced weekly should have greater depth to it.

Please accept what I'm able to offer here for the time being as an 'RNZN Small Ship Pic Of The Week.'

This week is HMNZS Hinau, one of a group of four 612 ton full load Castle Class minesweepers, of which 19 were originally planned. Built of kauri planking, Hinau was armed with a single 12-pounder and two MGs.

Built by Senior Foundry, Hinau was commissioned on July 15, 1942, and paid off in 1946. She was held in reserve until her sale in 1955, and there I lose trace of her.

As I've said before, the Kiwis always seem to present their vessels well, and she's another nice looking little ship.
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'Look Skup,' Uh sud, 'the thung uz, it's been as hot as Hades out there un the Harbour, and the buzs wud like a lumum drenk.'

...the boys would like a lemon drink

'Ahh, Okey' sud the Skup, and tunned the wheel over for the crek at Paeroa.

...they headed up the creek at Paeroa

The thung uz, you mey nut no ut, but Paeroa mekes a drunk thet's 'world femous un Nuy Zulund.' Lumun and frush Paeroa sprung wuter.

Paeroa makes a lemon drink that's 'world famous in New Zealand'

We unly munt to stey 10 munuts, but Mum wuz there and sud sh'ud mud a spunge cuk.

...Mum was there and said she'd made a sponge cake.

Thun Grun tunned up with Untty Bee und sud she hud some bulley sugurs in hur hundbug eft Uh dudn't but muh nuls. Sully uld cow.

...Grandma turned up with Aunty Bee and promised him some barley sugars if he didn't bite his nails


So wuy phulled the gungplunk ut and hulped Dud rull some putrul drums up the hull tuwuds the bunn.

They pulled the gangplank out and helped Dad roll some petrol drums up the hull towards the barn

We stufft usselves sully then Skup sud we'd butter gut bek tuh buz.

...they ate more than sufficient and then the Skipper said they'd better get back to base

Uh ruckun Paeroa uz the must buwttiful pluss un the wuld. Uh wush U'd nuvur luft ut.

...he reckons Paeroa is the most beautiful place in the world ... wishes he'd never left it.

AND IT UZ!

Not only the most beautiful, but in a country that is one of the last places on earth where people will actually across the road just to ask a stranger if they can help.

Celebrating the homely values we desperately hope New Zealand never loses, HMNZS MANAWANUI, 90 ton diving tender to the RNZN Operational Diving Team, and Lemon Paeroa spring water vessel, RNZN 1979-1988 is today's RNZN ...SHUP OF THE WEEK!

Sad to say, the little vessel, built by Whangarei, NZ to naval spefications and commissioned on May 28, 1979, was replaced in 1988 by a former North Sea oil rig diving support vessel, formerly named Star Perseus. I'm not sure of the little ship's fate, but at 911 tons, the third HMNZS Manawanui could never get up that creek [actually, it appears to be where she went after she was sold].

Paeroa, sometimes spelt Paeorao is in beautiful gorge country about midway between Auckland and the Rotorua Hot Springs. Its lemon and spring water drink is national icon in New Zealand, and there is a 7m Big Bottle, of course, there.

Finally, please don't take my overworked and badly executed jokes too seriously. The word 'Manawanui' means to be brave, or steadfast, which the Kiwi always ...er, IS.
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HMNZS Rimu was a 540-ton Castle Class minesweeper built by Seager Brothers Shipbuilders Ltd of Auckland and served with the RNZN from 1942-1946. In 1943 she was based in Auckland with the 194th Auxiliary Minesweeping Group, with Hinau, Manuka, Hawera, and Kapuni, equipped for magnetic mines and anti-submarine patrols.

Laid up in 1946, Rimu was sold in 1955, and a RNZN careeer note mentions that she was sunk off Caviar Island on August 21, 1958, but in circumstances I've not been able to ascertain [nor, to tell the truth the location - a search using the word 'caviar' is hopeless].

In any event this photo was another kindly sent by UK moderator AlanBenn, who helps us fill the photo gaps of the smaller RNZN vessels from his wonderful collection of high resolution ships photos. Thanks Alan.
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G'day,
i just thought you might want to know a little more about MANAWANUI, there were 3 ships commisioned with that name the first 2 are in the photos above, in '88 when the third was commissioned that was the north sea diving tender which isn't pictured and as soon as i get on my other computer i'll see if i can find something from when i was posted there.

The little ship MANAWANUI that was replaced in '88 was never sold for scrap but is still in service today and has been re-named HMNZS KAHU it still does a little bit of work with the operational diving team but mostly works with the seamanship school for watchkeeper training

The first photo shows the first MANAWANUI i haven't seen that photo before but there was another photo of the same ship in the Dinning hall on board

hope this is of interest
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This is the best picture I have ever seen of Manawanui - from a postcard kindly supplied by member Bill1938....
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Thats a pretty old picture with the black pennant marking

These twoare of HMNZS MANAWANUI taken from HMAS WEWAK in 2006 during an exercise off the coast of Queensland Australia

the photo i was looking for was also taken in 2006 of HMNZS MANAWANUI entering Port Nelson NZ. it was of the ship passing thru the cut flying it's callsign
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Incase asnyone was wondering i was driving past where the first photo was taken from the post on the 15th and the first ship to hold the name MANAWANUI is nolonger berthed where that photo is

where it is gone i couldn't tell you but the warrent who was with me said it had been the a couple of months ago when he last went past, but there was still a "Black Boat" patrol craft berthed there
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Hi all,new recruit here,referring to Manawanui at Paeroa in previous post,she has recently (2009)been broken up.And the "black boat"mentioned is HDML Koura,P3564,been there since 1984.(museum ship).And going back to post of WAKAKURA,1st photo is actually of WW1 Saint class tug TOIA,ex St Fergus,supplied to NZ by the Admiralty back in 1920's,deleted 1955.
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Thanks for the update on the Toia Geoff.

If you have any photos/pictures of RNZN [or any!] warships that you wish to add then please go ahead they will always be appreciated!
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Hi all,a little bit more about Hinau.One of 4 composite (kauri planking on steel frames) Castle-class minesweepers,the others being Rimu,Manuka,and Tawhai (not commisioned).The wooden Castles with Maori tree names,the steel ones with Maori NZ river names.The first 4 of the sweepers were built in wood owing to the shortage of steel.They were fitted with boilers and engines from old ships from "rotten row".One of the old ships was twin engined,one of her engines going into Hinau,the other into Rimu. Consequently,one ship had a right handed screw,the other left handed.A story I was told was about the skippers of the two ships (friends)once swapping ships and the fun and games coming to grips with the opposite propellers.I digress.The 3 ships paid off in 1945,Manuka was sold as a fishing vessel,Hinau and Rimu went into reserve at the Devonport Dockyard for the next 10 years,being used to provide steam for the mothballed reserve fleet. In 1955 they were sold for scrap,Rimu being sunk as a bombing target off Cuvier Island.Hinau was stripped and her empty hull was towed to Wharekawa,about 40 nm from Auckland, where she was beached as a breakwater at a shingle quarry.She has the distinction of being the first NZ built warship to be launched in the WW2 shipbuilding program.Her hull survives,still substantially intact,but getting very weary.Here is a pic of her being launched at Auckland in 1941,and basically how she looks today. Regards,Geoff.
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