RMS Mataroa

RMS Mataroa (formerly named the Diogenes) was a 12,341-ton ocean liner built by Harland & Wolff in 1922. It was scrapped in 1957.[1]

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RMS Mataroa in Haifa port
History
Name: SS Mataroa
Operator: Aberdeen Line (1921-1932)
Route: UK to New Zealand
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 575
General characteristics
Type: Passenger ship
Tonnage: 12,375 GRT
Length: 500 ft 4 in (152.50 m)
Beam: 63 ft 2 in (19.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 2 in (7.37 m)
Depth of hold: 39 ft 6 in (12.04 m)
Installed power: 5,200 s.h.p.
Propulsion: win screw, initially coal fired turbines, changed to oil fired in 1926
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)

Immediately after World War II, in August 1945, it transported Jewish survivors of the concentration camps from Marseille to Palestine, and in December 1945, during the Greek Civil War, it transported a large number of Greek intellectuals, such as Kornilios Kastoriadis and Kostas Axelos, from the Piraeus to Taranto en route to Paris.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New Zealand Maritime Record: Mataroa
  2. ^ L'Odyssée du Mataroa, soixante-cinq ans après... . Institut français d'Athènes, 20 December 2010

Further readingEdit

  • Nelly Andrikopoulou, 2007: Le Voyage du « Mataroa », Athens: Hestia
  • Mimika Cranaki: « Mataroa » à deux voix: Journal d'exil. Bénaki ISBN 978-960-8347-77-9
  • L'Odyssée du Mataroa, soixante-cinq ans après... . Institut français d'Athènes, 20 December 2010
  • Michel Koutouzis: "Les voyages du Mataroa". Agoravox, 1 June 2010
  • "R.M.S. Mataroa 1922 -1957", New Zealand Maritime Record