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A Brief Intro:
“New Zealand Shipping
Company” (NZSCo) operated passenger and cargo services between
The company was founded in 1873, by a
Then in 1882, the company’s ships were
equipped with refrigeration and a frozen meat service commenced from
The Royal Mail Steam Ship,
She was ordered in 1883, but was laid down “
The “Rimutaka” was powered by
compound steam engines, but she also had a full Barque Rig, with three masts
and she had a good spread of sail, by power or wind she would usually sail at
an excellent 14 knots. This made well suited for her long voyages, as a
passenger-cargo ship to
She had a fine clipper stern and a traditional cruiser stern, and she was topped by one slender tall funnel, with her three tall masts giving her good lines for the times.
The 430 ft long “Rimutaka” offered
accommodations for 134 passengers in two classes; 76 First Class and 58 Second
Class passengers. However during her outward voyage to
Passengers out on deck onboard the “Rimutaka”
Her holds would be full during her return
voyages to England transporting dry cargo, but there was also an excellent
capacity of 101,700 cu-ft *(C.F.R.) of
refrigerated cargo space, which was mostly used for 34,000
*C.F.R. means “Cost and Freight” and the seller deliver’s when the goods pass the ship’s rail in the port of shipment. The seller must pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination. BUT the risk of loss of or damage to the goods, as well as any additional costs due to events occurring after the time of delivery, are transferred from the seller to the buyer.
An NZSCo poster, with a 1887 calendar
A NZSCo officers hat badge
But finally, she was sold to a Japanese
breaker and she headed for
Names: 1. Rimutaka. 1884-1899.
. 2. Zamania 1899-1911.
Type of ship: Passenger cargo ship.
Vessel description: Steel, 3 Mast Barque Rig - Steamer.
Vessel ID: 1089652.
Official No: 89652.
Zealand Shipping Company,
British India Steam Nav. Co.,
Builder: John Brown & Co
Launched: October 19, 1884.
Delivered: January 1885.
Maiden Voyage: January 15, 1885.
Tonnage: 4,514 GRT & 2,859 NRT.
Length: 430 ft
Breadth: 46 ft.
Draft: 24 ft.
Engine details: Compound Steam.
built by: John Brown &
Speed: 14 knots
Passengers: 414 -
Accommodations: 76 First Class & 58 Second Class passengers.
passengers in basic Steerage -
Sold: 1911 Japanese breaker.
Fate: Broken up in
Below is a list of NZSCo ships I have online
SS Rimutaka (3) - RMS Ruapehu (2)
MS Rangitane (1) - MS Rangitane (2)
MS Rangitata (2) - MS Rangitiki -
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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