Steamship 'Kaikorai'

By sheer chance, on 6th April 2010, I came across a newspaper article relating to an amateur radio chap who during the war years was on a steamer called "Kaikorai".   The article was in 'The Daily Post' of Thursday, July 27, 1961.   It related to a chap called 'Pat' Tapp of Rotorua who held the call sign ZL1BN and resided at 15 King Street, Rotorua.   Strangely his listed intitials are D.W.M.   'Pat' Tapp was presented with a Certificate of Merit for his part in relaying messages during the Hawkes Bay Earthquake of 1931.

The article on Pat mentioned that during his war service (World War II) he had developed appendicitis in 1944 while on board the 'Kaikorai' four days out in the Tasman from New Zealand.   After reading 'The Daily Post' article I went straight away to search for information on this ship named 'Kaikorai'.

Vessel Name:
Vessel ID:
Official No:
Vessel Type:
Tonnage:
Owner:
Built:
Date of Fate:
Type of Fate:
KAIKORAI
1142416
142416
Steamship
3,151 gross
Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand Ltd.
1918
c1960
Broken up

The information relating to Mr Tapp's call and address was located in the N.Z.A.R.T. Call Book of 1953.
N.Z.A.R.T. is the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters which is the national association for
amateur radio operators in New Zealand.

Further to the above I also found this reference at Papers Past (NZ National Library)
from the Otago Witness, Issue 755, 19 May 1866, Page 11.
ARRIVAL OF THE KAIKORAI
The P.N.Z. and A.R.M. Co.'s s s Kaikorai has arrived in Hobson's Bay. She left Plymouth on March 9th; and she remained four days at St. Vincent and three days at the Cape.

She experienced favorable weather throughout, but (from some unexplained cause) she lost two of the blades of her propeller. She brought sixty passengers.

The information relating to Mr Tapp's call and address was located in the N.Z.A.R.T. Call Book of 1953.
N.Z.A.R.T. is the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters which is the national association for
amateur radio operators in New Zealand.

During another search I came across the images below which are thought to be either a Flares Tin or a Documents Tin from the S.S.Kaikorai. Permission to use these images was granted by Bernard Molloy of Ruby Lane Antiques (www.rubylane.com) .