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Rangitane survivors, Emirau

Rangitane survivors, Emirau

Here, survivors of the sunken Rangitane await rescue on the Pacific island of Emirau. Five months after laying mines to sink the Niagara, the German raider Orion sank the 16,000-ton liner Rangitane on 27 November 1940, using guns and torpedoes. Fifteen people died but most were taken to Emirau, where they were picked up.

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Reference: S. P. Llewellyn. Troopships. Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949, p. 23

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - 20th-century shipwrecks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006