SECOND LAUNCHING NAMING OF H .M.S. RIMU ST. MARY'S BAY CEREMONY The second naval vessel to be launched at Auckland in a fortnight, the composite trawler H.M.S. Riinu, took the water from the Marine Department's construction yard, St. Mary'a Buy, yesterday morning. As with her sister-ship, H.M.S. Hinau, the launching was completely successful. The occasion was again a gala occasion. The yard and a platform built under the ship's stem were draped with flags and prominent citizens were present to watch the launching. Workmen on the vessel threw down streamers to friends in the yard. Successful Launching The official naval service for the launching of a ship was conducted before the naming by the Rev. G. T. Robson, R.N., chaplain at the Naval Base. At a signal, workmen wearing sprigs of rinni in their hats removed the last chocks. As the vessel began, moving slowly down the ways Mrs. W. E. Parry, wife of the Chief of the Naval Staff, broke a bottle of New Zealand wine, suspended by red, white and blue ribbons, against the bow of the ship and named her in the traditional words: "I name this ship Rimu. May God bless her and all who serve in her.'' The vessel, moving very slowly at first, gathered way and slid evenly into the water as the Papakura Cainp Band played the National Anthem. Commodore's Congratulations Commodore \V. E. Parry, C.8., R.N., read a telegram from the Minister of Supply, the Hon. I). G. Sullivan, regretting his inability to be present and expressing pride at the splendid work done by the contractors and workmen. Extending congratulations on a very successful" launching Commodore Parry said the ship had taken the water just as she should do. The vessel, he said, conformed to the Admiralty design of the Castle type" trawler minesweeper with modifications necessary to accommodate the only machinery available and to meet other local conditions. He thanked Mr. G. E. Breeze, of the Marine Department, for his splendid co-operation with this ship and others to be built. Engines from Rarawa Speaking on behalf of the contractors, Senior Foundry, Limited, and Shipbuilders, Limited, in the unavoidable absence of Sir Ernest Davis, Mr. E. H. Rhodes said the ship was a combination of Australian steel and New Zealand heart of kauri. Her engines, from the steamer Rarawa, which was for many years in the Onehunga-New Plymouth service, would give her greater speed and more power than most minesweepers of her class. He congratulated all associated with the building of the vessel on their efforts. As a memento of the occasion he presented Mrs. Parry with a small rimu tree._ While those present were being entertained to morning tea the next stages in completing the vessel and preparing her for commissioning were already under way. DUNEDIN CONTRACTORS NEW GENERAL MANAGER
MR. A. E. DENNIS APPOINTED [BY TELEGRAPH —PRESS ASSOCIATION] WELLINGTON, Tuesday The engineer and technical adviser to the Department of Industries and Commerce. Mr. A. E. Dennis, has been appointed general manager of Stevenson and Cook, Limited, engineers, Port Chalmers, and will leave Wellington shortly to take up his position. The firm are contractors to the Government for building minesweepers. This will be the immediate main work Mr. Dennis will direct, together with the planning and establishment of new modern works and foundry. While in the Government service, which he joined in IU3B, Mr. Dennis was in charge of the dismembering of the Port Bowen, with which went the rehabilitation of the idle Kakariki freezing works. Following its success with the Port Bowen, the Government decided to take over and break up the Mokoia at Port Chalmers, and Mr. Dennis will continue to direct these related works and also supervise the recovery of steel plate from the pipelines of an abandoned section of the Waipori hydro-electric scheme operated by the Dunedin City Council. Befort joining the Government service Mr. Dennis was with Cory, Wright and Salmon, Wellington. Mr. G. Gould, engineer with the Patent Slip Company, Wellington, has been appointed works manager to Stevenson and Cook.
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NAVAL TRAWLER, New Zealand Herald, Volume 78, Issue 24066, 10 September 1941
NAVAL TRAWLER New Zealand Herald, Volume 78, Issue 24066, 10 September 1941
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