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RAEAWA AND NGAPUHI BOTH TO BE SCRAPPED WELL-KNOWN COASTAL BOATS ONEHUNGA-NEW PLYMOUTH RUN Two of Now Zealand's bost-knowa coastal steamers, the Rarawa and the Ngapuhi, will shortly he scrapped. This decision, which will sever the last links with the former thriving OnohungaNew Plymouth passenger trade. v;as announced by Sir Ernest Davis, chairman of directors, at the annual meeting of the Northern Steamship Company, Limited, at Auckland yesterday. Built specially for the West Coast passenger service, the Rarawa and Xgapuhi gained a splendid tradition for their work and for more than 30 years formed the principal means of communication between Auckland and Taranaki. The Rarawa. a twin-screw steamer of 107/ tons, built in Dundee in 190: iby Gourlay Brothers, has been moored off Shoal Hay since 1929. and the Ngapuhi. a steamer of 703 tons, built in Dundee in 1900. was taken out of commission a year later. Few vessels on the X'ew Zealand coast served longer on one run than the Rarawa. which was engaged for about 26 years in the Ohehutiga-Xew Ply. mouth trade. Replacing the Xgapuhi, which had been on the service for thren years, the Rarawa was commissioned in 190:3 and made three trips weekly until the opening of the main trunk railway ill 1908. after which she ran only twice a week. The increased use of motor transport affected the West Coast service in later years. The Rarawa proved too large for the diminishing number of sea travellers and in 1929 she was brought to Auckland and replaced by the Xgapuhi. which had been engaged on East Coast services. A year later, however, the Northern Company decided to withdraw from that passenger trade altogether, and the Xgapuhi was replaced by the cargo motor-vessel Hauturu, of 296 tons, which is still in the service. Prominent in the Northern Company's Onehunga-NewPlymouth service have been Captain X. F. Xorbury and Captain "W. Bark. Captain Xorbury was master of the Rarawa from the time she went into commission in 1903 until he was relieved in 1914 by Captain Bark, wlio continued in the service until a few years ago.

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STEAMERS' END, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22743, 1 June 1937

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STEAMERS' END New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22743, 1 June 1937