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Photo Details
Photographer:John Regan [View profile]Title:ARATIKAAdded:Mar 14, 2006
Photo Category: Ferries
ARATIKA, arrivng Wellington July 1984
Vessel Identification
Name:Virgin Mary
Former name(s):
- Aratika (Until 1999 Jul)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro Cargo
Gross tonnage:9,035 tons
Summer DWT:2,297 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1974
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (2)

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Emmanuel Makarios on Feb 03, 2010 12:37 (8 years ago)
I sailed on the ARATIKA for a couple of years in the early 1980s - a great job.
She was built in France and was the first ferry not built in a British yard for New Zealand Railways.Originally built as a freight ferry she looked different as her superstructure was low and she only carried rail and trucks on her rail deck. She was sent to Hong Kong and converted to carry passengers as well as freight.A very comfortable ship and well appointed for her time.
Tim Vogel on Mar 15, 2006 13:07 (12 years ago)
Hi John,

thank you very much for showing us these intersting historical pictures from the other side of the world.
If I remember it right, the ARATIKA was built in Europe. Am I right?

Best regards,
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