In the early 1900s the Union Steam Ship Company spent lavishly on big new ‘Islands boats’. At 2,930 tons the Navua of 1908 was almost as big as a trans-Tasman liner, and could accommodate 71 saloon and 32 second-class passengers, all above decks for comfort in the tropics. Passengers could book their cabins from plans such as these at any Union Company office or agency.
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