RMS Rangitata

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New Zealand
Name: RMS Rangitata
Owner: New Zealand Shipping Company
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Launched: 26 March 1929
Fate: Scrapped in 1962
General characteristics
Class and type: Ocean liner
Length: 553 feet (168.55 m)
Beam: 70 feet 3 inches (21.41 m)
Draught: 33 feet 9 inches (10.29 m)
  • As built:
  • 2 × 5 cyl 2SCSA Sulzer oil engines
  • twin screws
  • 9300 bhp
  • After 1949:
  • 2 × 6 cyl 2SCSA Doxford opposed piston oil engines
  • twin screws
  • 15000 bhp
  • 15 knots (17 mph) (original engines)
  • 16 knots (18 mph) (after 1949)

The RMS Rangitata was an ocean passenger liner, built in 1929, and scrapped in 1962. She was operated by the New Zealand Shipping Company between London and Wellington, New Zealand, via the Panama Canal with her two sister ships Rangitiki and Rangitane.[1]

During World War II, in 1940 Rangitata sailed from Liverpool with 113 evacuated children under the Children's Overseas Reception Board CORB scheme on 28 August 1940,bound for New Zealand through the Panama Canal in convoy OB-205, with SS Volendam (carrying children bound for Canada, which was torpedoed), with 113 CORB children arriving safely in New Zealand.

She also operated as a troopship, for example in convoy US1 taking New Zealand troops to the Middle East in January 1940.[2] She had returned to civilian service by 1949.

RMS Rangitata, Gaillard Cut, Panama Canal


  1. ^ "RMS Rangitata". Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "HMS Ramillies". navalhistory.com. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 

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