SS Marama serving as a hospital ship, 1915
|Owner:||Union Company, Dunedin|
|Port of registry:||Wellington|
|Route:||New Zealand — Australia & Trans-Pacific|
|Builder:||Caird & Company, Greenock|
|In service:||November 1907|
|Out of service:||1937|
|Identification:||Official number: 117,597|
|Length:||420 ft (130 m)|
|Beam:||53.2 ft (16.2 m)|
|Depth:||31.2 ft (9.5 m)|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)|
Built by Caird & Company at Greenock at a cost of £166,000 ($332,000), the SS Marama arrived at Port Chalmers in November 1907. It was the largest and most powerful ship (though not the fastest) in the USS Co fleet. Initially, it sailed on the Horseshoe run to Australia, and occasionally in trans-Pacific services. After war service, it was refitted (1920) for the trans-Pacific services to San Francisco or Vancouver. In 1925, it was converted to burn oil, and employed on the Tasman run.
The ship was sold to Shanghai shipbreakers the Linghua Dock & Engineering Works Ltd in 1937, then resold to Kobe shipbreakers Miyachi K.K.K. (who had also purchased the Maheno) and was broken up at their Osaka shipyard in 1938.
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- Media related to Marama (ship, 1907) at Wikimedia Commons
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