I AM WRITING IN REGARD TO the most interesting article in the February issue of Sea Breezes, written by David Strachan, on the subject of the New Zealand Shipping Co liner Rangitiki of 1929.
I am afraid that I cannot accept the statement regarding this ship and her sisters as being the largest motorships in the world at time of completion, as I feel that the liner Aorangi built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Glasgow in 1924 exceeds this class in both gross tonnage and dimensions.
It was claimed, I understand, in 1924, that Aorangi was the largest motor liner in the world. This ship was built for the Canadian Australasian Line Ltd and was managed by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand, and traded Trans Pacific routes except for war service, until she was withdrawn from service and broken up at Dalmuir in 1953.
S E WELCH
98 Herring Road, Eastwood
NSW 2122, Australia
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