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    Rakaia, a refrigerated cargo ship, launched in 1944. In 1950 her superstructure was altered to accommodate 40 merchant marine cadets in cabins and for the next 18 years she operated as a cargo vessel and school ship. I find her quite pretty. There are dozens and dozens of stories posted on the internet of her by cadets, apparently her and her officers and training officers were much loved.



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    Yes, the old mid engined three island cargo carriers were elegant vessels. Refrigerated cargo were usually built for speed and so were the crème de la crème of cargo carriers.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I had an old spinster great-aunt that used to travel the world in cargo ships that also carried a limited number of passengers. I ended up with her old world atlas and in it she checked off the nations visited. That list was very long. She was one independently minded and strong willed woman!
    This would have been back in the 1950's aboard American President Line ships.
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    Rakaia and her like are what people still think of when they are asked about cargo ships. They just look "right" even if they are not very efficient in moving lots of cargo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Yes, the old mid engined three island cargo carriers were elegant vessels. Refrigerated cargo were usually built for speed and so were the crème de la crème of cargo carriers.
    About the same time that Argentina topped the charts as one of world´s major exporters of beef ?

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    We used to call those type ships banana boats.

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    I can't remember seeing a cargo ship with that much style and grace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I can't remember seeing a cargo ship with that much style and grace.

    The NS Savannah comes to mind.
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    Reminds me of an occasion many years ago. We sailed out over the bar from Salcombe Harbour early one morning, bound for Brittany. Anchored way out in the bay (known as the Range) we saw through the morning mist a beautiful, pure white ship with the three island elegance of an earlier era, like the one in the OP. I assume she was a fruit carrier, waiting, perhaps, to go into Plymouth. But she seemed to us to be a sort of ghost ship. For some reason I never forgot that misty apparition.
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    a bump, looking forward to comments from acb
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    The New Zealand Shipping Company - NZSC - was a byword for maritime perfection. It ran for precisely one hundred years. The NZSC was founded in 1873 and was taken over by P&O in 1973.

    I have a friend who was a cadet on the Rakaia. It was a rule that the cadets were not served Sunday lunch until they had calculated the ship's stability - correctly.

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    How about this one?

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    I'm thinking cargo liner, with a sodoff smokestack. No house badge on the flue though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    The NS Savannah comes to mind.

    That's my girl! I was aboard last week. (Last summer's picture, I'm 30 pounds lighter now)

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    To really appreciate her lines, taken from my boat.

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    I loved Savannah as a kid, I built a plastic model of her. IIRC, she failed because some ports wouldn't allow a nuke powered ship, like in Japan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    I loved Savannah as a kid, I built a plastic model of her. IIRC, she failed because some ports wouldn't allow a nuke powered ship, like in Japan.
    Nah....in fact Japan tried to build one of their own (it only ran 6 months). There were a few places she wasn't welcome. She wasn't built to make money, she was a demonstrator and an ambassador, tasks at which she succeeded. What really made her un economical was having to maintain a special support infrastructure for only one ship. Had more been built, the costs would have went down considerably. You'd REALLY love her if you got to see her as I do!

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    i want a tour bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i want a tour bob


    There is an open house on National Maritime Day (May20th). I'm usually stationed on the bridge. BUT, if you get to town some other time I'll see what I can do. She is still a licensed nuclear facility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    I had an old spinster great-aunt that used to travel the world in cargo ships that also carried a limited number of passengers. I ended up with her old world atlas and in it she checked off the nations visited. That list was very long. She was one independently minded and strong willed woman!
    This would have been back in the 1950's aboard American President Line ships.
    It sounds like your aunt would have been a rather interesting person to have met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I'm thinking cargo liner, with a sodoff smokestack. No house badge on the flue though?
    "Changsha", CNCo, Australia Japan service cargo passenger ship, in Hong Kong harbour.

    http://wikiswire.com/wiki/Changsha_III

    CNCo never put anything on their funnels until some wretched ship went aground rather prominently in Lei Yu Mun Passage and painted out their funnel mark, causing those who saw it to think she was one of ours, after which we painted the flag on.

    As you may see here:



    That ship hip is actually bigger than the three island ships in this thread, although she looks smaller.

    Moubt Fuji put in a guest appearance at no charge.
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    This was, I believe, my father's last blue-water ship:

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