THE M.V. OTAIO
The Otaio was built in 1958 by John Brown and Company (Clydebank)
Limited in Clydebank.
Technical Data on
Otaio indicates that she was a refrigerated cargo vessel of 13,314
a length overall of 526 feet 1.5 inches
and an insulated cargo capacity of 429,300 cubic feet. Her 2 diesel
engines gave her a service speed of 17 knots.
Otaio was designed to be a cadet training ship, and she operated
in this role from 1958 until 1975. She could carry up to 40 deck
cadets and up to 30 engineer cadets, and their living accommodation,
schoolrooms and mess were housed in the Upper Deck in the vicinity
of No. 4 and No. 5 Hatches. Full-time instructional staff included
deck and engineering lecturers, a seamanship instructor and a physical
Whilst a cadet’s life on board one of the New Zealand Shipping
Company’s cadet ships is well summarised in the Company’s
prospectus printed in 1962, photographs and anecdotes are a great
way to show that cadets not only worked hard but played hard.
Any material that you would like to display would be most gratefully
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