Radio room of STS Erne
Radio room with Marconi Oceanspan transmitter aboard STS Erne

The steam turbine tanker Erne was chartered to deliver oil products from Marsden Point refinery to destinations around New Zealand.

Manned by Kiwi crew, she sailed the New Zealand coast for 14 uneventful years, from 1970 to 1984.

Her cargos included bitumen (in heated tanks), fuel oil and marine diesel.

STS Erne departing Port Chalmers
STS Erne departing Port Chalmers, Dunedin

Gross tonnage: 14,244 (20,090 tons deadweight)
Length: 559.8 ft
Builder: Charles Connell & Co, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Engine: Steam turbine, 8800 shp, single screw
Entered service: 1960
Scrapped: 1984

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