TSS Maunganui

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  • Maunganui (1911-1948)
  • Cyrenia (1948-1957)
Namesake: Mount Maunganui
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan
Yard number: 479
Launched: 24 August 1911
Completed: 5 December 1911
General characteristics
Tonnage: 7,527 gross tonnage
Length: 430.8 ft (131 m)
Beam: 55.7 ft (17 m)
Draught: 31.2 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: Quadruple expansion engines, twin screw
Speed: 16 knots

The TSS Maunganui (later S/S Cyrenia) was a passenger vessel built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand and launched on 24 August 1911.[1]


Launched in 1911 to carry the Royal Mail and served on the San Francisco and Sydney runs. She was employed as a troopship during World War I and World War II. She was sold to Cia Naviera del Atlantica, Piraeus in 1948 and renamed Cyrenia. She was sold in 1949 to Hellenic Mediterranean Lines and undertook service from Genoa and Piraeus to Melbourne and Sydney, carrying Greek and Italian emigrants[2][3].


She was broken up in 1957 at Savona, Italy.

Cultural legacy[edit]

In Greece the S/S Cyrenia is prominent due to Nikos Kavvadias' poem "Οι 7 νάνοι στο S/S Cyrenia" (The Seven Dwarves on the S/S Cyrenia)[4] and Thanos Mikroutsikos' song[5] on its lyrics.


  1. ^ SS Maunganui, archived from the original on 2013-09-21, retrieved 2018-09-12 
  2. ^ "History - Time line". T. S. S. Maunganui 1911 - 1947, Cyrenia 1947 - 1957. The New Zealand Maritime Record. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "Union Line ofNew Zealand: SS Maunganui 1911 -1947 / Hellenic Medterranian Lines TSS Cyrenia 1947 - 1957". ssMaritime.com - with around 1,120 Classic Liners and Passenger-Cargo Ships online. ssMaritime.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  4. ^ Νίκος Καββαδίας, Οι Εφτά Νάνοι στο s/s CYRENIA.
  5. ^ Θάνος Μικρούτσικος, Οι Εφτά Νάνοι στο S/S CYRENIA