Wireless room of SS Talune in 1912
Wireless room of SS Talune in 1912

SS Talune
SS Talune. Photo: David James Aldersley
Passenger and cargo ship
GRT: 1991
Built by: Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland
Launched: 1890
Bought in 1891 by the Union Steam Ship Company from the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company for the Tasman, Pacific Islands, and New Zealand coastal services.
Disposal: Sold in 1925 and scuttled at Waikokopu to form a breakwater.

On 7 November 1918, the NZ military administration controlling Samoa, led by Col. Robert Logan, made the deadly decision to knowingly allow Talune, which was carrying Spanish Influenza, to dock at Apia.

The results were catastrophic, wiping out over a quarter of Samoa’s population and decimating entire families and villages.