New Zealand Coastal Shipping  


With its origins dating back to 1859, Richardsons could claim to be NZ's oldest shipping company. With their last ship sold in 1975, the Company was liquidated in 1978.

More content to come regarding this Company, but in the meantime, enjoy a few photos and details of some of the ships they operated.

Pateke at her launching in March 1954.
Photo supplied by Bert Romeling.


785grt. 235' 6" x 33' 10" x 12' 8"
Built 1954 by J. Bodewes Scheepswerf, Hoogezand, Netherlands, for Richardson & Co., Napier.

  • 1 May 1972: Sold to Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd., Singapore and renamed Kota Gembira
  • 1978: Sold to Malaysian Shipping Corporation Sdn, Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, (Pacific International Lines, Singapore, Mgrs) renamed Kota Intan
  • 1982: Sold to Syrikat Perkapalan Pacific Utara Sdn, Bhd., Penang,(Uni-Ocean Lines Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Mgrs) renamed Gembira II
  • 9 Mar 1983: Arrived at Bangkok from Kota Kinabalu and laid up due to persistent machinery breakdowns. Later sold for breaking up in Thailand

  • Pukeko departng Timaru January 1967.
    Photo: © S. Reed


    1,020grt. 229' 7" x 38' 2" x 13' 4"
    Built 1961 by James Lamont & Co., Port Glasgow, for Richardson & Co., Napier.

  • 14 Aug 1975: Sold to Crossworld Management & Brokerage (H.K.) Ltd., Hong Kong and renamed Sirdhana Fortune
  • 25 Jul 1977: Engine room fire while lying off Jeddah, Red Sea. Badly damaged and towed to Piraeus for repairs
  • 1982: Sold to Asia Marine Services Co. WLL, Kuwait (Almouaket Shipping & Trading Co. WLL, Kuwait, Mgrs) and renamed Almoussa
  • 1986: Ownership transferred to Almouaket Shipping & Trading Co. WLL, Kuwait
  • 1987: Sold to Delta Maritime Co. S.A.E., Cairo, renamed Almoussa D
  • 17 Oct 1988: Caught fire off Mokha, Yemen and abandoned drifting on 18 October. Sank north-west of Zubair Island, Red Sea, 20 October 1988

  • Pukeko in Holm Shipping Company colours at Wellington
    Photo: I. Lovie

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