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New Zealand Shipping CompanyNew Zealand Shipping Co

Formed in London 1873. Fitted ships with refrigerated capacity for NZ meat in 1881. 1910 NZSCo together with Shaw, Savill and White Star Line took control of the Canadian-Australasian Line (James Huddart) and recommenced services between New Zealand - Australia and Canada. 1912 NZSCo took over Federal SN Co but they continued to trade under their own name and colours. 1916 P&O Line took over NZSCo but the company continued to operate as before. 1936 the Montreal - Australian New Zealand Line (MANZ Line) formed in conjunction with Ellerman & Bucknall and the Port Line. This service closed in 1971. In 1973 ownership of all ships was transferred to P&O Line and the existence of NZSCo as a seperate company ceased.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:
  • 1873-1883 Sailing ships sailed to NZ non stop via the Cape of Good Hope and home via Cape Horn.
  • 1883-1885 London - Plymouth (passengers) - Tenerife (coal) - Cape Town (coal) - Hobart (coal) - Auckland - Wellington - Montevideo (coal) - Rio de Janeiro (coal) - Tenerife(coal) - Plymouth (disembark passengers) - London.
  • 1885 New Zealand ports became Auckland, Wellington, Lyttleton, Port Chalmers.
  • 1915 Panama Canal route commenced London - Tenerife - Panama - New Zealand.
  • 1920-1932 Southampton replaced Plymouth for passengers. Thereafter London only.
  • 1925-1929 Curacao (oil) replaced Tenerife (coal) for bunkers. Occasional sailings from Liverpool.
  • 1929 calls introduced at Suva and Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 1928-1929 Brief service between New Zealand - Australia - Panama - US / Canada east coast ports.
  • 1936-1940 MANZ Line service between Montreal - Halifax - Saint John NB - Panama - Australia - NZ (US east coast ports on northbound leg only)
  • 1945-1971 MANZ Line service - Vera Cruz, Bermuda and Kingston, Jamaica added as required.
  • 1954-1968 Passenger service served London - Madeira - Panama - Pitcairn - Papeete - NZ - Papeete - Panama - Kingston - Port Everglades - Bermuda - London.

Funnel:
Pale cream yellow

Fleet:

    Sail  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Dorette 1868 1873 purchased from R. Godeffroy, Hamburg, 1874 renamed Waimea (1), 1896 sold to Norway. 848
Dunfillan 1863 1873 purchased from Wm Ross & Co, London, 1874 renamed Mataura (1), 1895 sold to Norway renamed Alida. 898
Hindustan 1863 1873 purchased from British & Eastern Shipping Co, 1874 renamed Waitara, 1883 sunk in collision with Hurunui in English Channel; loss of 20 lives. 883
Hurunui (1) 1875 1883 sank Waitara, 1895 sold to Russia renamed Hermes. 1,054
Mataura (1)   see Dunfillan.  
Opawa (1) 1876 1897 sold to Norway renamed Aquila. 1,131
Orari (1) 1875 1892 sold to J. C. Page. 1,054
Otaki (1) 1875 1892 sold to Germany renamed Dr.Siegert. 1,053
Pareora (1)   see White Eagle.  
Piako (1) 1876 1892 sold to Germany. 1,136
Rakaia (1) 1873 1893 sold to Germany renamed Marie. 1,057
Rangitiki (1)   see Scimitar.  
Scimitar 1863 1873 purchased from J. Welch & Co, 1874 renamed Rangitiki (1), 1899 sold to Norway renamed Dalston. 1,182
Turakina (1) 1868 ex- City of Perth, 1883 purchased from City Line renamed Turakina, 1899 sold to Norway renamed Elida. 1,247
Waikato (1) 1874 1898 sold to Germany renamed J.C.Pfluger. 1,053
Waimate (1) 1874 1895 sold to Russia renamed Valkyrian. 1,156
Waimea (1)   see Dorette.  
Waipa 1875 1894 sold to Norway renamed Munter. 1,057
Wairoa 1875 1895 sold to Norway renamed Winnipeg. 1,057
Waitangi 1874 1899 sold to Norway renamed Agda. 1,161
Waitara   see Hindustan.  
Wanganui (1) 1877 1889 sold to Shaw, Savill & Albion renamed Blenheim. 1,136
White Eagle 1855 1877 purchased from Stephen & MacFarlane, Glasgow, 1878 renamed Pareora (1), 1887 sold to J.Livingston. 879
    Steam  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aorangi 1883 1896-1898 chartered to James Huddart's Canadian - Australasian Line, 1910 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 4,163
Ardenvohr 1931 1937 purchased from Trinder, Anderson & Co., 1937 renamed Kaimata Canada - NZ service, 1954 transferred to Avenue Shipping renamed Antrim. 5,237
Falls of Orchy 1907 1914 purchased from Falls Line, Glasgow, 1915 sold to C.S.Swan renamed Canastota. 4,904
Haparangi 1947 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1971 transferred to P&O. 11,281
Hauraki 1947 ex- Norfolk, 1953 transferred from Federal Line renamed Hauraki, 1973 transferred to P&O. 11,272
Hinakura 1948 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1973 transferred to P&O. 11,272
Hororata (1) 1914 1939 transferred to British India SN Co, renamed Waroonga. 9,178
Hororata (2) 1942 1966 transferred to Federal Line ownership, 12,090
Hurunui (2) 1911 1918 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel; loss of one life. 8,901
Hurunui (3) 1920 1940 torpedoed and sunk west of Cape Wrath; loss of two lives. 9,243
Hurunui (4) 1948 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1971 transferred to P&O. 11,276
Kaikoura (1) 1884 1900 sold to British India SN Co renamed Zaida. 4,474
Kaikoura (2) 1903 1926 sold to Italy, renamed Giano. 8,703
Kaikoura (3) 1937 1954 MANZ service, 1954 transferred to Avenue Shipping, renamed Tyrone. 5,852
Kaimata   see Ardenvohr.  
Kaipaki 1939 1955 MANZ service, 1955 transferred to Avenue Shipping, renamed Westmeath. 5,862
Kaipara (1) 1903 1914 captured and sunk by Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse near Tenerife. 7,392
Kaipara (2) 1938 1955 MANZ service, 1955 transferred to Avenue Shipping, renamed Roscommon. 5,882
Kaituna 1938 1954 MANZ service, 1954 transferred to Avenue Shipping, renamed Armagh. 4,907
Kohinur 1963 1968 managed by Hain-Nourse Line, 1972 transferred to P & O, 1975 renamed Strathnairn. 6,024
Limerick 1898 ex- Rippingham Grange, 1912 purchased from Houlder Line renamed Limerick, 1913 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand 6,827
Manapouri 1968 1971 transferred to Federal S.N. Co. 9,505
Mataura (2) 1896 1898 wrecked in Straits of Magellan; no loss of life. 5,674
Mataura (3) 1968 1971 transferred to Federal S.N Co. 9,505
Miowera 1892 1898 taken over from Canadian-Australasian Line, 1908 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 3,393
Nurjehan 1963 1968 managed by Hain-Nourse Line, 1972 chartered to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Advocate, 1975 returned to owners renamed Strathnevis. 6,024
Opawa (2) 1906 1928 sold to Norway became whale factory ship. 7,230
Opawa (3) 1931 1942 torpedoed and sunk in N. Atlantic; loss of fity-one lives. 10,107
Orari (2) 1906 1927 scrapped. 7,207
Orari (3) 1931 1958 sold to Italy, renamed Capo Bianco. 10,107
Otaio (1) 1930 1941 torpedoed and sunk in N. Atlantic; loss of thirteen lives. 10,048
Otaio (2) 1958 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1973 transferred to P&O. 10,792
Otaki (2) 1908 1917 sunk by German commerce raider Moewe. 7,420
Otaki (3) 1920 1934 sold to Clan Line, renamed Clan Robertson. 7,976
Otaki (4) 1953 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1973 transferred to P&O. 10,934
Otarama (1) 1890 1902 sold to Nelson Line renamed Highland Ghillie as cargo ship. 3,935
Otarama (2) 1912 ex- Ajana, 1920 purchased from Trinder, Anderson & Co., London renamed Otarama, 1928 sold to Italy renamed Amaranto. 7,753
Papanui (1) 1898 1909 sold after striking rock off Tasmania. 6,372
Papanui (2) 1943 1965 sold to Greece, renamed Flisvos. 10,006
Paparoa (1) 1899 1926 caught fire and sank at sea off St. Helena. 6,563
Paparoa (2) 1944 1967 transferred to Federal Line. 10,006
Pareora (2) 1896 ex- Breeze, 1900 purchased from Canterbury SS Co., NZ renamed Pareora, 1901 chartered to Blackhall Coal Co., Christchurch, 1911 sold to W. A. Firth, Sydney. 650
Petone 1900 1904 sold to Blackhall Coal Co., Christchurch, N.Z. 708
Piako (2) 1920 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Monrovia; loss of ten lives. 8,286
Piako (3) 1962 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1973 transferred to P&O. 9,986
Pipiriki 1944 1966 transferred to Federal Line. 10,065
Quiloa 1960 1966 transferred to Trident Tankers, operated by British India S.N. Co, 1972 sold to Cyprus renamed Michiel. 13,113
Rakaia (2) 1895 1915 sold to Blue Star Line renamed Brodmead. 5,629
Rakaia (3) 1945 1967 transferred to Federal Line. 8,213
Rangitane (1) 1929 sunk by German armed merchant cruiser Orion in Pacific; loss of sixteen lives. 16,712
Rangitane (2) 1950 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1968 sold to Orient Overseas Line, Hong Kong, renamed Oriental Esmeralda. 21,809
Rangitata 1929 1936 transferred from Federal Line, 1962 scrapped. 16,737
Rangitiki (2) 1929 1962 scrapped. 16,698
Rangitoto 1949 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1969 sold to Orient Overseas Line, Hong Kong, renamed Oriental Carnaval. 21,809
Remuera (1) 1911 1940 bombed and sunk off Scotland. 11,445
Remuera (2) 1948 ex- Parthia, 1961 purchased from Cunard, 1962 renamed Remuera, 1965 transferred to P&O renamed Aramac. 13,362
Remuera (3) 1973 1973 owned by P&O but carried NZSCo colours, 1977 renamed Remuera Bay. 42,007
Rimutaka (1) 1884 1900 sold to British India SN Co renamed Zamania. 4,474
Rimutaka (2) 1900 1930 scrapped. 7,765
Rimutaka (3) 1923 ex- Mongolia, 1938 chartered from P&O Line renamed Rimutaka, 1950 sold by P&O to Incres, Panama renamed Europa. 16,385
Roscommon 1902 ex- Oswestry Grange, 1912 purchased from Houlder Line renamed Roscommon, 1913 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 6,591
Rotorua (1) 1910 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel; loss of one life. 11,130
Rotorua (2)   See Federal Line Shropshire.
Ruahine (1) 1891 1900 sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Bilbao renamed Antonio Lopez. 6,127
Ruahine (2) 1909 1949 sold to Grimaldi, Italy as emigrant ship, renamed Auriga. 10,832
Ruahine (3) 1951 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1968 sold to Orient Overseas Line, Hong Kong, renamed Oriental Rio. 17,851
Ruapehu (1) 1884 1899 chartered to Beaver Line for 2 voyages then sold to British India SN Co renamed Zayathla. 4,163
Ruapehu (2) 1901 1931 scrapped. 7,885
Tasmania 1913 ex- German-Australian Line war reparation, 1921 purchased from shipping controller, 1936 scrapped. 9,008
Taupo 1966 1971 transferred to P&O. 10,983
Tekoa (1) 1890 1902 sold to Nelson Line renamed Highland Corrie as cargo ship. 4,050
Tekoa (2) 1922 1958 sold to Hector Whaling, renamed Enderby. 8,531
Tekoa (3) 1966 1973 transferred to P&O. 10,975
Tongariro (1) 1883 1897-1899 chartered to Beaver Line, 1899 sold to British India SN Co renamed Zibenghla. 4,163
Tongariro (2) 1901 1916 wrecked Hawkes Bay. 8,073
Tongariro (3) 1925 1960 scrapped. 8,719
Tongariro (4) 1966 1969 transferred to Federal S.N. Co. 11,000
Treneglos 1963 1968 managed by Hain-Nourse Line, 1972 transferred to P&O, 1974 renamed Strathtruin. 6,875
Turakina (2) 1902 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Scilly Isles; loss of three lives. 8,349
Turakina (3) 1923 1940 sunk by German armed merchant cruiser Orion off Wellington. 8,565
Turakina (4) 1960 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1973 transferred to P&O. 7,770
Tyrone 1901 ex- Drayton Grange, 1912 purchased from Houlder Line renamed Tyrone, 1913 wrecked Otago. 6,664
Waikato (2) 1892 1899 drifted for 4 months after propeller shaft snapped, before being found and towed to Fremantle. 1906 sold to C. Andersen, Hamburg renamed Augustus. 4,767
Waimate 1896 1925 scrapped. 5,610
Wakanui 1899 1913 sold to Blue Star Line, renamed Brodmount. 5,824
Warrimoo 1892 1898 taken over from Canadian-Australasian Line, 1901 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 3,529
Westmeath 1903 ex- Everton Grange, 1912 purchased from Houlder Line renamed Westmeath, 1913 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 8,096
Whakatane (1) 1900 1920 became cargo only, 1924 sold to Italy renamed Moncenisio. 5,610
Whakatane (2) 1954 1964 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand, renamed Waitaki. 8,726
Whangaroa 1955 1965 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand, renamed Wainui. 8,701
Wharanui 1956 1967 transferred to Federal Line, 1969 transferred to British India SN Co, renamed Waipara. 8,701
    Troopship managed for Ministry of Transport  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Empire Windrush 1931 ex- Monte Rosa, (Hamburg Sud-Amerika Line, war reparation), trooped until burned out at sea near Gibraltar; loss of four lives. 13,882
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