HMT Matatua

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HMT Matatua
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Name HMT Matatua
Owner Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton.
Builder Workman Clark & Co. Ltd, Belfast
Yard number 205
Launched 15 Jan 1904
Completed February 1904
In service 1904
Out of service 1940
General characteristics
Type Passenger / cargo
Tonnage 6,488 tons
Length 448 ft (136.55m)
Beam 56.5 ft (17.20m)
Depth 30.6 ft (9.30m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 13 knots


Built for the Shaw Savill & Albion Line. Known in 1918 as HMNZT 111 Matatua, she carried 497 New Zealand reinforcements to the UK, arriving on 5 Dec 1918.

After the war she was returned to Shaw Savill & Albion. The Matatua was renamed SS Ilsenstein in 1928 when purchased by Arnold Bernstein. Sold to Metal Industries, Ltd in June 1939 for scrapping. The vessel was subsequently requisitioned by the Admiralty and was scuttled as a Blockship in Skerry Sound on 18th February 1940. Historical photographs clearly show the SS Ilsenstein in position next to the SS Emerald Wings

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 17 June - 8 August 1918