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Name Official number Flag IMO
OTAKI  124576  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1908  15/08/1908  22/10/1908 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo Refrigerated  Steel Steam  
Builder Yard Yard no
William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton Leven Yard  835 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
7420 grt / 4611 nrt / 10630 dwt 465.4 ft  60.3 ft  34.0 ft  28.7 ft 
Engine builder Denny & Company, Dumbarton
Engine detail
Two sets of triple expansion 24.5" .39" .58" x 39" plus a low pressure Parsons turbine fed from the exhaust of these two engines on the central shaft 471 nhp together 5 SE return tube boilers 202 lbs Howden's 

First owner First port of register Registration date
New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd., Plymouth  Plymouth   
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
Mercantile Navy List for 1909 gives managers as Geo.T.Haycraft,Charles J.Cowan & Geo.L.King Mngrs ,London,Registered Plymouth 
Vessel history
 
Remarks
The first merchant steamer with combined reciprocating and turbine machinery.
She was designed for the round-the-world New Zealand meat service, and though not intended for passenger carrying, was to have a Board of Trade Certificate. 
End year Fate / Status
1917  Gunfire 10/03/1917 
Disposal Detail
10/03/1917 Sunk by gunfire and torpedoes from the German surface raider MOEWE 420 miles W by S of Lisbon on passage London for New Zealand in ballast
Captain Archibald Bisset Smith was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the action.
Otaki Shield presented to Robert Gordon's College. 
 

 



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