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Name Official number Flag IMO
HORORATA  165897  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1942  09/10/1941  09/04/1942 
Vessel type Vessel description
Refrigerated Cargo   Steel Steam Turbine  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  566 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
13945 grt / 8328 nrt / 14246 dwt 551 ft 4 in  70 ft 5 in    32 ft 6 in 
Engine builder John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
Two sets of single~reduction geared steam turbines, 12300shp, driving twin screws giving speed of 16 knots. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. - Trinder, Anderson & Co., Plymouth  Plymouth   
Other names
1967 NOR 
Subsequent owner and registration history
28/12/1966 Federal S.N. Co. Ltd., London
1967 Astroguardia Cia. Naviera S.A., Piraeus - Mavroleon Brothers & Co. (for delivery voyage) 
Vessel history
09/04/1942: Delivered to The New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd, London. She was the largest refrigerated cargo ship of her day.
10/04/1942: Requisitioned for the Liner Division.
13/12/1942: Torpedoed by U.103 north of the Azores (42.09N 34.31W), bound Auckland to Liverpool with refrigerated and general cargo. No casualties. She arrived at Santa Cruz on the 14th and at Horta on the 18th for temporary repairs.
17/03/1942: After applying large timber patches (the largest of which measured 23ft x 21ft), she was given 'cement box' repairs, using a total of 320 tons of concrete. This rendered her fit enough to be able to leave Fayal and she arrived at Liverpool on the 23rd.
09/1943: Repairs completed at Birkenhead by Cammell, Laird & Co Ltd.
10/08/1946: Released from Government service. Tonnage now 12090 gross, 7146 net.
05/03/1955: Fire broke out in the boiler room at Wellington, spreading to the general and refrigerated cargo in No 3 hold. It was put out on the 6th, temporary repairs were made at Wellington and final repairs at Falmouth.
23/05/1962: While moving up the River Clyde past Elderslie Drydocks and Yarrow Shipbuilders, on her way to Glasgow, a gust of wind caught HORORATA, and she began to yaw excessively. The stern wire leading out to the Steel and Bennie tug FORAGER (ex~EMPIRE BECKY, 244/1945), which had been acting as 'rudder', suddenly crossed over the tug. As HORORATA's stern swung wildly to port, the cable took the strain and capsized the tug over on the south bank of the river. Tragically, two of the tug's crew lost their lives in the accident.
15/01/1966: Collided with and sank the tug ISELGARTH off Penarth, inward bound to Cardiff from Auckland. Three lives lost.
20/01/1966: Damaged a propeller against the dock wall at Cardiff. 
Remarks
Call Signal MANZ 
End year Fate / Status
1967  Broken Up 05/09/1967 
Disposal Detail
Arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking. 
 

 



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