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39  Date: 2006-02-25 10:37:25
Peter Milne ( / no homepage) wrote:

Sailed from Shed 25 Royal Albert Dock to Wellington approx September - November 1956 with family at age of 10. It was a 'homecoming' and start of new life for Dad and a new adventure for mum, my two brothers and me. Children in First Class ate in a small separate dining room near the main dining room - menus had pre-printed colourful illustrations overprinted by Dave Webber's (as I now know) menus.

I remember hearing about the initial stability problems, another casualty being the First Class lift was no longer able to be taken above 'A' passenger deck.

Interesting little highlight was when my younger brother beat Sir James Fletcher at a game of draughts one afternoon. He was the most prominent passenger of that voyage and was head of NZ's most prominent construction company.

Passengers when booking could not be advised of whether the ship would land at Auckland or Wellington - this was determined by cargo requirements - we ended up in Wellington whereas Auckland would have been preferable. Somehow I ended up in Wellington after some years in Auckland.

Many thanks to the Chief Electrician (who shared a dining table with my parents) for showing me round the Bridge, Engine Room etc one day.

38  Date: 2006-02-17 18:36:32
Ralph Gaze ( / no homepage) wrote:

Happy to find your site via the New Zealand Shipping web site. I travelled on the Rangatiki in the summer of 1940 from Glasgow to Auckland, 6 weeks! My father, Harry Gaze, was the only adult male passenger (the others being mothers and children), caring for my younger brother, then 5 months, and myself, 5 years.

We started to board the Rangatiki in London, where it was being outfitted with degaussing apparatus against magnetic mines. After boarding several times and waking up the next morning to find ourselves back in London, the project was abandoned, and we went to Glasgow on a blacked-out train, while the crew brought the Rangatiki to Glasgow. We were put up in several successive hotels in London, one or two being bombed after we left. I recall one air raid when we spent the night in the basement ballroom of the Royal Hotel.
The Rangatiki sailed with a return convoy of 83 (?) ships, most going to New York, passing near Iceland. The convoy was attacked by a U-boat, sinking a nearby destroyer escort, perhaps aiming at the Rangatiki, the largest ship in the convoy. While we had to zig-zag across the atlantic, we expected to make a straight run across the Pacific, but the Germans began attacking Pacific shipping using armed freighters, as the Rangatiki's sister ship Rangitane unfortunately found out in November, 1940. We therefore had to zig-zag across the Pacific as well, and took 6 weeks overall, out of most food except potatoes.


Ralph Gaze,

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US.

37  Date: 2006-02-17 10:27:41
phil coleman ( / no homepage) wrote:

thanks for site-my grandfather served on the ship as well as its sister ships-mr john burke, i would be grateful if you have any information on him relating to his service on the ship. phil

36  Date: 2006-01-30 14:17:55
Albert (Bert) Aliffe ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking at an old Discharge Book (R338002) I signed on the Rangitiki on 2712/45 as 3rd. Electrician. The 2nd Electrician was Danny Kettle and the only other character I remember was the Chief Refrig. Engr. who worked on the 'tiki as an apprentice at John Brownn's yard during her construction. I sailed with the Company in Sussex, Orari, Somerset and Paparoa finally leaving in December 1949 as Ch. Elect Paparoa. Over the years I served in tankers, passenger ships, fruit carriers and finally in the Harwich - Hook of Holland Service. Many happy years

35  Date: 2006-01-29 19:33:16
Erlend Lee ( / no homepage) wrote:

Whey-Hey Tiki sails again!!! What a wonderful site to find on the net!
We all came over to the UK from NZ in 1949, self, mum & 4 siblings + Gay Dean, NZ actress and dear friend.
Dad, Maurice Lee, worked his passage on the Rangitata the year before -left a v intersting journal of the experience.
Anyway, must explore rest of site now

34  Date: 2006-01-14 01:30:33
Ray Jones ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Richard,
I've just spent another very pleasant hour or two perusing your ever improving web site it's nearly 38 years now since your Father and I sailed on final voyage of Ruahine I;ve still got many happy memories of those days
Best Wishes to You and Yours
Happy New Year
Regards Ray Jones (Wales)




33  Date: 2006-01-07 21:44:07
Eddie J Few ( / no homepage) wrote:

Wounderful site i was on the tiki as my first ship straight from sea school in 1957 and i do belive you had mention of this voyge that you did not have a record this one, It was 27 July outbound to 21 Nov homebound. We docked in wellington around August and tied up at the Pipiteer warf. On board we had a very distinguished passenger who was Lord Cobham and his family who was taking over as the Governor General of New Zealand. Your Father i do remember very well as he did try to advise me as to my future. Imust say that i did not fully take his advise but as a 17 year old youth at that time he commanded respect ,and yes i have very strong feelings for this ship

32  Date: 2006-01-04 22:09:45
Lilian M.R. Simmonds nee Jenkins ( / no homepage) wrote:

At 7 years of age I was a passenger on the Rangitiki in 1946, August/ September time. Also my parents (now deceased)Edward and Lilian Jenkins and my 6 week old sister Rosina V.A Jenkins.
We travelled in war time conditions, the men and women were separated.
I remember that we hit a very bad storm in the Atlantic and were not allowed on deck for a week. Our family was one of the very few people in the dinning room at this time.
My father had been a merchant seaman ( Chef) before a serious accident when he fell down a ships hold and sustained serious injuries. his seafaring days were over.
We came through the Panama Canal.It was an exciting day.
We were due to dock in New York, but because there was a dock strike we had to dock in Halifax Newfoundland.
Although I was only seven, I remember the flying fish, the leaping swordfish and the sharks.
I fell from my bunk one day, and I split my head open. I still have a dent in my skull.
The Stewardessess were very good at keeping the children occuppied during the trip. I was lost having had to leave most of my toys behind in New Zealand.I guess there was some sort of restriction on luggage. My mother's luggage contained mostly baby food. A doctor on board ship told my mother that my baby sister would never survive.However, nearly 60 years later she is still alive.
We finally docked in Grays, Essex England. The weather was cold ,grey and horrid, not like NZ , land of my birth.

31  Date: 2005-12-25 10:28:01
Anthony Fry ( / wrote:

Hello from Jambojersey.
Would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Merry new year 2006 (44 years since that last Voyage)it only seems like Yesterday,you are all in my thoughts.

30  Date: 2005-12-06 17:10:07
Joe Barnett ( / no homepage) wrote:

High I am on your Web Site If you remember me Aukland Dance with a ship mate who has died last month, I wan't to make my own Web Site of the ships
I have sailed on is it free any help you can give
ALL the best for Christmas Joe