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Postby aukepalmhof » Tue May 19, 2020 9:30 pm

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Built as a cargo-passenger ship under yard no 426 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Govan Linthouse for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand Ltd in Dunedin, New Zealand.
14 July 1908 launched as the MAKURA.
Tonnage 8,075 grt, 4,921 nrt, dim. 137.2 (length bpp) x 17.6 x 9.78m.
Powered by two triple 3-cyl, steam engines manufactured by the ship's builder, 835 nhp, twin screws. Speed 16.5 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 220 first class, 170 second, and 120 third class.
17 September 1908 completed.

She was designed for the Trans-Pacific service, and the largest vessel at that time of the Union Line.
26 September 1908 she sailed from Glasgow on her delivery voyage and via Durban, she arrived on 03 November in Melbourne, then she headed for Sydney where she arrived on 06 November.
23 November she sailed from Sydney for her first Pacific voyage, via Brisbane and Suva she sailed directly to Vancouver where she arrived on 16 December.
She was kept in this service also during the war till 1920 when she went to San Francisco for repairs and an overhaul. She was converted from coal to oil firing.
1914 The company registered here in London.
After the overhaul completed in December 1920 for the next five years, she was again used in the Vancouver service.
11 March 1925 she sailed for the last time from the Canadian port Vancouver. Arrived in Sydney on 04 April.
She was then fitted out for the service to San Francisco. Passenger accommodation for 207 first class, 114 second, and 72 third class.
23 April sailed from Sydney and via Wellington, Tahiti to San Francisco where she arrived on 15 May.
1936 The company decided to withdraw from the San Francisco service. The MAKURA made the last voyage in this service, she left 18 November 1936 San Francisco and arrived in Sydney on 12 December.
Not any employment (depression years) was found, and she was laid up in Sydney and put on the sale list.
She was bought by the Chinese Shipbreakers Ltd, Shanghai.
January 1937 she sailed from Sydney under her own power and Chinese flag bound for Shanghai.
08 April 1937 was she broken up in Shanghai.

Source: Passenger Ships of Australia & New Zealand by Peter Plowman.
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