british Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co. Port Kingston SS (1904~1911) Tahiti RMS (+1930)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner (ex-troop transport)
propulsion steam
date built 1904
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 7585  grt
dimensions 140.2 x 16.9 x 7.4 m
material steel
engine 2 triple expansion engines, 2 screws
power 1443  n.h.p.
speed 17  knots
yard no. 403
IMO/Off. no. 117715
about the loss
cause lost water leakage (flooding)
other reasons foundered
date lost 17/08/1930  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
next owners
[1]Union Steamship Co. Of New Zealand Ltd., London & Dunedin
RMS Tahiti (+1930)
period 1911 ~ 1930
IMO/Off. no.: 117715
[2]British Government, London
SS Tahiti
period 1914 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 117715
last owner
[3]Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. - African Steamship Co., Liverpool
SS Port Kingston
period 1904 ~ 1911
IMO/Off. no.: 117715
captain
no. of passengers 220
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depth (m.)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 19/04/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 29/11/2013
 
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Allen Tony18/02/2009Tahiti RMS was a New Zealand Passenger/Cargo Vessel of 7,585 tons built in 1904 for the Imperial Direct West India Mail Service Co. (Elder, Dempster), Bristol as the PORT KINGSTON SS. She was powered by a Steam - Twin screw - giving 17 knots.

In 1911 she was purchased by the Union Steamship Co of New Zealand and renamed TAHITI. Converted to troopship in 1914 and then went to the British Transport Service in 1918 then returned to her owners.

Her propeller shaft snapped 400 miles off Raratonga tearing a large hole in her stern. All passengers and cargoes were saved as ships came to her rescue but she sank two days later. The passengers & crew were rescued by the American Steamer VENTURA SS to gether with the ships papers and bullion.
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About Builders
 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.



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