Kawatiri ZMKX

Radio equipment aboard Kawatiri - ZMKX
Radio equipment aboard Kawatiri – ZMKX in 1957. L-R: AWA MF transmitter (edge of cabinet barely visible), AWA emergency transmitter, aerial switching (top of photo), Redifon automatic keying device and AWA emergency receiver (on bulkhead to left of clock), AWA LF/MF receiver and AWA HF receiver
1957 discharge certificate of radio officer GK Sullivan from the collier Kawatiri
1957 discharge certificate of radio officer GK Sullivan from the collier Kawatiri. Click to enlarge.

“Kawatiri was one of the ‘slow-greens’ – her usual cargo was coal and she often sailed from the West Coast of the South Island to Auckland.”
– David Smith

 

“The last of a series of six colliers which had increased scantlings, larger than usual rudders and belting which extended around the stern. The ships berthed head up the river at Greymouth and Westport and used a swinging wire [which] when sailing was made fast around the stern to the off side. The swift river current would swing the bow around and when the ship was pointing downstream the wire would be let go, which at times was a dangerous operation.”
NZ Ship and Marine Society

 

Union Steam Ship Co collier Kawatiri

Owner: Union Steam Ship Co
Builder: Henry Robb Shipyard, Leith, Scotland
Gross tonnage: 2484
Entered service: 1950
Finished service: 1971
Scrapped: 1987