new zealand Union Steamship Co. Of New Zealand Ltd. SS Wairuna (+1917)
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general
nationality new zealand
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1905
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 3947  grt
dimensions 109.7 x 14.5 x -- m
material steel
engine
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yard no. 744
IMO/Off. no. 118495
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons charges/explosives
date lost 17/06/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
last owner
[1]Union Steamship Co. Of New Zealand Ltd., London & Dunedin
SS Wairuna (+1917)
period 1905 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 118495
prev. owners
[2]Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship Co. Ltd. - American Indian Line, London
SS Matoppo
period 1904 ~ 1905
IMO/Off. no.: 118495
[3]Petersen William Ltd, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Lady Strathcona
period 1904 ~ 1904
IMO/Off. no.: 118495
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 06/02/2012
last update Allen Tony
last update 03/09/2013
 
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Lettens Jan02/11/2013COPRA is the dried meat of the coconut. Coconut oil is extracted from it and has made copra an important agricultural commodity. Also coconut cake is extracted mainly used as feed for livestock.
 
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Lettens Jan06/02/2012While anchored off Sunday Island, for boiler maintenance, on the 2nd of June, 1917, the German raider SMS WOLF sighted smoke on the horizon. The seaplane Wolfchen went to investigate.

The smoke was from the 3,947 ton New Zealand steamship Wairuna, loaded with cheese, milk, and meat, but even more important to SMS Wolf, she carried 1,200 tons of coal.

Wairuna was sailed to Sunday Island where both ships anchored, and the coal and stores were soon transferred from Wairuna to Wolf. On the 16th of June both ships weighed anchors. The next day, no longer of any value to the Raider, Wairuna was scuttled,
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Lettens Jan06/02/2012The German raider SMS WOLF (II), previously the Hansa freighter WACHTFELS was equipped with 6 x 150mm guns, 1 x 105mm gun, 3 x 52mm guns, 4 torpedo tubes and carried 458 mines. She also had a seaplane, called WOLFCHEN, largely contributing to her success and later becoming a legend in Germany.

During the 451 days she was deployed (1916-1918), WOLF destroyed 35 trading vessels and 2 war ships. She returned to Kiel in February 1918 with 467 prisoners, substantial quantities of rubber, copper, zinc, brass, silk, copra and cocoa.

Ships sunk: BELUGA, C. DE EIZAGUIRRE, CILICIA, CITY OF ATHENS, CROXTETH HALL, CUMBERLAND, DEE, ENCORE, HITACHI MARU, IGOTZ MENDI, ILTIS, JOHN H. KIRBY, JUMNA, MARECHAL DAVOUT, MATHERAN, MATUNGA, MONGOLIA, OKHLA, PERSEUS, PORT KEMBLA, STOREBROR, UNKAI MARU, WAIRUNA, WIMMERA, WINSLOW, WORCESTERSHIRE, WORDSWORTH.

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About Builders
 Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
The company was a major British manufacturing company of the early years of the 20th century. Armstrong Whitworth engaged in the construction of armaments, ships, locomotives, automobiles, and aircraft.
 
 
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