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Name: TAIROA
Type: Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 04/02/1920
Completed: 07/1920
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 908
Dimensions: 7983grt, 5048nrt, 478.0 x 63.2 x 31.2ft
Engines: 2 x Q4cyl (22, 31.5, 45 & 65 x 48ins), 1011nhp
Engines by: North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screw, 13.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 143569
History:
07/1920 Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton
03/12/1939 Sank
Comments: 1920: The first merchantman built at this naval yard
On a voyage from Brisbane to London with a cargo of frozen meat, wool and lead
03/12/1939: Damaged and captured by German warship GRAF SPEE
Scuttled off the coast of SW Africa after all the crew removed


Photo courtesy of John Crossland

Attacked by the GRAF SPEE. Photo courtesy of Roy Muir