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Name: RANGATIRA
Type: Passenger RoRo Ferry
Launched: 23/06/1971
Completed: 13/01/1972
Builder: Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 33
Dimensions: 9387grt, 54031nrt, 2052dwt, 137.78 x 21.95 x 10.83metres
Engines: Turbo Electric, 2 x Steam turbines, 20500bhp & 2 x Electric motors, 20500shp
Engines by: Associated Electrical Industries Ltd, Manchester
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 21.0knots; also bow thrusters
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 343007; (IMO: 7111731)
History:
01/1972 Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand,
1986 Marlines Ferries, Limassol; renamed QUEEN M
1990 Alilauro SPA, Naples; renamed CARLO R
2001 Oberon Cruise Lines Ltd, Piraeus; renamed ALEXANDER THE GREAT
2003 Registered at Kingstown
20/01/2005 Broken up
Comments: Designed to carry 768 x passengers and 200 x vehicles
Completion delayed due to an industrial disputed at Swan Hunter
Final outfitting completed at Southampton
Continually lost money on her intended Wellington - Lyttelton service
1976: Returned to the UK and laid up for sale
1977: Chartered as an accommodation ship at Loch Kishorn
1978: Chartered as an accommodation ship at Sullom Voe
1982: Chartered by the UK Government as a barracks ship in the Falkland Islands
Fitted with helicopter deck and light armament. Removed 10/1983
2001: To be converted to a cuise ship, but laid up at Bijela, Montenegro
20/01/2005: Arrived at Aliaga for breaking up
29/01/2005: Breaking up commenced


Above photo as RANGATIRA copyright of John Crossland

Above photo as RANGATIRA copyright of Chris Howell

Above photo as RANGATIRA courtesy of John Crossland

Above photo as RANGATIRA courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as CARLO R copyright of Mike Ridgard

Above photo as CARLO R copyright of Mike Ridgard

Above photo as ALEXANDER THE GREAT courtesy of Photoship