Story: Shipping

Haparangi class

In 1947–49 the eight huge Haparangi-class ships were built, forming the backbone of the combined New Zealand Shipping Company–Federal Steam Navigation Company fleets. Below decks, a maze of holds stored refrigerated, chilled or general cargo, all meticulously organised to avoid having to restow it as the ships worked their way around the ports. As for the accommodation, height went with status: the captain had the boat deck, the officers had the promenade deck beneath him, and they in turn lorded it over the ordinary seamen, most of whom had to share twin-berth cabins. Crew departments ate separately.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: I. G. Stewart, The ships that serve New Zealand. Vol. 1, British European lines. Wellington: Reed, 1964, appendix II

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Post-war boom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016