Rangitane GDBV

A QSL card from Rangitane

A QSL card from Rangitane indicating the ship was working Wellington Radio ZLW on 2182kHz on 21 Feb 1955. From the collection of Brian Webb ZL2ARJ

The New Zealand Shipping Company’s passenger/cargo liner Rangitane was commissioned shortly after World War 2, and replaced a slightly smaller ship of the same name which had been sunk early in the war by German raiders in the South Pacific.

RangitaneBuilder: Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle
Displacement: 21,800 tons
Length: 609ft
Passengers: 460
Power: Doxford diesels, twin screw
Launched: 1949
Sold: 1968 (renamed Oriental Esmeralda)
Broken up: 1976