The New Zealand Maritime Record

T. S. S. Maunganui 1911 - 1947, Cyrenia   1947 - 1957

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With more than seventy vessels in their fleet, the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand grew to be the largest shipping line in the Southern hemisphere and their longest surviving and much admired Maunganui was to provide outstanding service for nearly half a century.  With her excellent sea keeping qualities and the attractiveness of her internal appointments, she soon became a favourite with travellers.  The liner would also prove to be one of the most profitable ships the company ever invested in.

The new vessel was designed for the Company's North American service by Captain Coil McDonald, a former Union Line master who had been appointed Marine Superintendent by the company and was responsible for three of the most successful of all the Union liners; Maunganui, the ill-fated Niagara, and then the Wahine of 1913.  The specifications were exacting and stipulated first-class materials and equipment.



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A Century of Style
Wellington: Reed, 1982.

Churchouse, Jack
Glamour Ships of the Union Steam Ship Company N.Z. Ltd.
Wellington: Millwood, 1981.

Cooke, Anthony
Emigrant Ships     The Vessels that carried migrants across the world, 1946-1972
London: Carmania, 1997.

Laxon, W. A.
Davey and the Awatea
Palmerston North: Dunmore, 1997.

McLean, Gavin
A Century of Shipping in New Zealand
Wellington: Grantham House, 2000.

Maber, John M.
Northern Star to Southern Cross
Prescot: Stephenson, 1967.

Plowman, Peter
Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand Volume One
Sydney: Doubleday, 1981.

Plowman, Peter
Emigrant Ships to Luxury Liners     Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand 1945-1990
Sydney: NSW University Press, 1992.

Scotter, W. H.
A history of Port Lyttelton
Christchurch: Lyttelton Harbour Board, 1968.

Tolerton, Nick
Below the Timeball
Christchurch: Author, 2001.


Thanks to Matthew Smith and also to Marcus Castell (specialist in Maritime Books).







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