RMS Rangitoto

Rangitoto by Wallace W. Trickett

Artist, Wallace W. Trickett

Joined the ship, as a bright eyed deck boy, in the Royal Albert Dock London in March 1965 and completed three voyages to New Zealand, two as deck boy and one as JOS. First trip as seaman’s peggy, second trip as quartermasters peggy and third on deck. On the first trip we also did a mini cruise to Fiji.

The Rangitoto only visited Auckland, Wellington and Lyttleton but none of the smaller ports.Excited and naive as a first trip deck boy could be I was told to save all the old bread to feed the 'donkeys' in the Panama Canal. Rushed on deck with my bread only to see the 70 ton donkeys connected to the ship and guiding it into the locks.

Little did I know that I would soon be introduced to Kiwi Girls and all the good times and broken hearts ahead of me in the wonderful country of New Zealand. Really good runs ashore but the 'old hands' said you should have seen it in the 50s!

RMS Rangitoto

Account of Wages 1

First Trip Deck Boy

Account of Wages 2

RMS Rangitoto

First Trip Deck Boy

Account of Wages 3

Third Trip JOS

nzsc poster
motion of the ocean

On first trip pay off day (25-06-65) the Number One record in the UK charts was: I'm Alive by The Hollies.
On second trip pay off day (11-11-65) the Number One record in the UK charts was: Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones.
On third trip pay off day (15-03-66) the Number One record in the UK charts was: These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra.

Ports Visited.
First Trip: London, Willemstad, Panama Canal, Balboa, Papeete (Tahiti), Auckland, Lautoka, Suva, Auckland, Lyttelton, Wellington, Papeete, Panama Canal, Kingston, Port Everglades, Bermuda, London.
Second Trip: London, Willemstad, Panama Canal, Balboa, Papeete, Wellington, Auckland, Papeete, Panama Canal, Port Everglades, Bermuda, London.
Third Trip: London, Willemstad, Panama Canal, Balboa, Papeete, Auckland, Lyttelton, Wellington, Papeete, Panama Canal, Kingston, Port Everglades, Bermuda, London.

Seadog
 

Rosie - August 26, 2016

Hi Bruce ,
My Grandad David Carver was aboard the rangitoto on your first voyage as a ordinary seaman. Then later worked in the same company off shore marine. It would be nice to get a reply for him as he was quite excited when he found this website. Thank you,
Rosie Carver

    Seadog - August 26, 2016

    Hi Rosie. Thanks for contacting me. I certainly remember Dave, both on the Rangitoto and later on the Essex Shore. I hope that he is keeping well and say Hi from me. After I retired I lived in Phuket several years then back to the UK for a couple and now living in Calpe, Spain.
    Take a look at this FB group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/supplyboathistory/

Liz - December 15, 2016

My Dad worked as a steward on the RMS Rangitoto in the early 1950’s. He would love a model of the boat or painting or really any memorabilia I could purchase would be great. Any ideas please? Thanks

    Seadog - December 15, 2016

    Hi Liz, thanks for visiting. There is not much material available for lesser known merchant ships and it seems that official company photographs have all been lost or locked up. You can search for images of RMS Rangitoto online. Here is one page from the results, http://www.newzealandshipping.co.nz/History/Photos/Rangitoto.htm. I quick search on line brings up an artist who does ship painting commissions, http://www.jamesaflood.com/index.html.
    I could send you a larger digital image of the Rangitoto from the website, let me know.

Liz - December 23, 2016

Thanks for those suggestions. I did look at google images and printed off 3 photos and put them into a frame for him. Hopefully he will enjoy that. There was also some details I read somewhere so I will print them off and put them together in a folder. Thanks again.

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