Union Steamship Company MV Matua
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Page Two – A Voyage Report
Matua seen berthed at
My Voyage on the
By Bill Stevens
In 1962 I decided to go
on a three week around the Pacific voyage on the MV Matua and it was a great trip. We sailed from
were ten of us who decided to take the taxis to
then set sail for Apia Western
In those days entertainment it was well non existent
for we either enjoyed the lounge and bar or just sat outside at night and
enjoyed the warm evenings. Some of the interesting evenings was when we sat and
listened to the Islander’s happily sing and dance, for they would travel
between the various
I can remember dining at Captain Bennett’s table
for we who were doing the complete round trip, and thus we had turns as being a
guest of the Captain. The First Officer was, if I recall right, from
One day he invited me down to the engine room to have a look around, and on the way back to Auckland from Suva we struck two days of really bad weather, and the ships slowed right down to about 8 knots for quite some time as the propellers were coming out of the water as she buried her bow into huge seas! But what an experience to be down the shaft tunnel was quite an experience and I can tell you quite scary!
Meals on the Matua were very good indeed and the choices were more than plentiful as the menus prove!
Above and below: Two Menus from my voyage
I am now in my 70’s, but my voyage on the Matua provided me with so many
wonderful memories and I am glad that I was able to share some of these here. For
interest, I booked my voyage on the Matua through a Mr. Ian Williamson at the
Union Steam Ship Company at Port Chalmers (Dunedin) and I still remember that
the fare was just NZŁ101 and 2 shillings.
Although I am now in my 70’s, but my voyage on the Matua provided me with so many wonderful memories and I am glad that I was able to share some of these here. For interest, I booked my voyage on the Matua through a Mr. Ian Williamson at the Union Steam Ship Company at Port Chalmers (Dunedin) and I still remember that the fare was just NZŁ101 and 2 shillings.
model of the MV Matua (during her white hull days) in the
Photograph © by Bill Stevens
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