SS Mahana

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Brodie Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection; State Library of Victoria Image H99.220/3532
Name SS Mahana
Builder/Built 1917 Workman Clarke, Belfast
Type Passenger / cargo ship
Displacement 11.796 tons


Owned by Shaw Savill & Albion Co Ltd. Was chartered for one voyage returning troops from the UK to Australia. Had the capacity to carry 1,500 emigrants post war.

The SS Mahana was known in New Zealand as the ‘Brides’ Boat’. When it sailed to New Zealand in 1920, it was carrying English women on their way to marry New Zealand soldiers. Among the passengers were three sisters of one family who lived at Hornchurch, the site of a New Zealand convalescent hospital, all of whom were engaged to Kiwis.

In 1949 she was charted by the British Ministry of Food for use as a cold storage unit, before being scrapped in 1953

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 17 June - 8 August 1917

England to Fremantle 25 September - 3 November 1919