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Name: WAIKAWA
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 27/08/1919
Completed: 10/1919
Builder: Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Yard: Howdon
Yard Number: 275
Dimensions: 5677grt, 3525nrt, 399.5 x 53.0 x 32.8ft
Engines: T3cyl (27, 44 & 73 x 48ins), 517nhp
Engines by: North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 143463
History:
10/1919 Union Steamship Co of New Zealand Ltd, London
1935 Tower SS Co Ltd, London; renamed TOWER ENSIGN
1937 Hunter Shipping Co Ltd, London; renamed HUNTRESS
1938 Alfred G Hunter, Kingston, Jamaica
1939 MV Vassiliades, Panama; renamed RONIN
1941 Iran SS Co (Wallem & Co), Panama; renamed IRAN
14/04/1944 Damaged by explosion
Comments: Laid down as WAR DONJON for The Shipping Controller
10/04/1944: Badly damaged by the explosion of ss FORT STIKINE at
Bombay, sold for breaking.


Above photo as WAIKAWA copyright of Allan C Green