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Accommodation Plan - Shaw Savill Line, MV Arawa, MV Aranda & MV Akaroa, circa 1969 Document Reg. No: HT 2606

Unfolded accommodation plan for the one-class tourist ships M.V. Akaroa, M.V. Arawa and M.V. Aranda operated by Shaw Savill Line. These ships sailed between Britain and Australia via New Zealand from 1969-1971. The ships were all fully air conditioned and fitted with stabilisers. The black and white illustrated plans show the Observation Deck, Lido Deck, and decks A, B, C, D and E housing passenger accommodation for each ship.
Folded single-sided pamphlet on thin paper. Illustrations in black and white. Text in English
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: folded 4 times

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Tagged with: immigration, pamphlets, shipping, shipping lines, ship memorabilia, shipping industry, ships, plan drawings, accommodation, staf list, captains akaroa
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Internal Combustion Power - Motor Vessels
Tertiary Classification: accommodation plans
User: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd (Shaw, Savill & Albion Line), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1969
Ship Depicted: ., circa 1969
Ship Depicted: ., circa 1969
Ship Depicted: ., circa 1969


c clark Posted on 13 Jan 2011 1:50 PM
i sailed to new zealand in 1968 on her and still have a little flag penant with her name on. i was aged 2 when arriving from england to new zealand with my twin sister. the crew were fantastic in every respect
Barbara Loftus Posted on 22 Jan 2011 6:53 AM
I have just found out that my Father at the
age of 14 sailed on the Arawa to New Zealand.
He came back to live in Liverpool years later
angela Posted on 07 May 2011 6:45 PM
I have sailed on 2 Arawa's. The 1st voyage from u.k. when I was 4 and then on the 2nd Arawa to u.k. end of 1969. what a fantastic 5 weeks that was!!!!
Malcolm Dorward Posted on 17 Aug 2011 10:59 PM
I sailed as an engineer cadet on the Arawa for two voyages and spent my 21st in Sydney in 1969
Alan Briggs Posted on 25 Oct 2011 7:22 PM
I sailed as a p/r steward on the Aranda in 1969 one of the better ships I served on.
Stan Greening Posted on 26 Nov 2011 11:52 AM
I sailed on the Aranda as a QM, joined the ship on 7th Nov 1969 jumped ship in Sydney 7th Jan 1970, that same trip my mate Peter Smithson fell down the hatch in Auckland, I often wonder what happened to him. I lived in Sydney for 6 months then moved to Toronto Canada on June 6th. 1970. Now retired in Hope BC Canada. My cabin mate was Con (Conrad)
allan richards Posted on 24 Dec 2011 4:35 AM
M.V. AKAROA .....my first trip to sea as a comnmie waiter the day before my 16th birthday leaving KG5 docks in london on 7th jan 1971. Last passenger trip. I did the final trip later that year with a skeleton crew carrying just cargo to Timaru and bluff (I think) great times
brian rees Posted on 08 Jan 2012 4:44 AM
mv akaroa anybody on the ship when she caught fire 15th april 1970
Mick Siddle Posted on 13 Jan 2012 1:34 AM
I sailed on the Akaroa 6th January 1969, to Australia and NZ - we had to unload cargo ( mainly bundles of wool ) on deck as it was in danger of spontaneous combustion. My first world trip - whatever happened to my mate Glen from Charlton, Jock and the guy from Leeds? They were good days. Who remembers Polly and Lena?
joe ninty Posted on 27 Jan 2012 10:38 AM
Hi Brian I sailed on the Akaroa the trip she caught fire. I was in charge of lifeboat 3. Apart from the fire it was a good trip. Joe
John Henderson Posted on 06 Apr 2012 12:26 AM
In reply to Brian Rees i was aboard her when the bales of wool went on fire a bit of a tense time.I remember grabbing a couple of packet,s of fag,s my money to this day i don,t know what good they were going to do me.I joined her in K.G.V straight from the training school at Gravesend.Great day,s.
Gary Strange Posted on 24 Jun 2012 8:21 AM
Sailed on the Akaroa 30th July 1968 from Wellington to Southampton. Always remember that it kept breaking down was adrift in Pacific/Atlantic on a number of occasions!
Isabel Campbell(neeWatson) Posted on 09 Aug 2012 12:15 AM
I was 12 and going back to NZ when Akaroa went on fire.
Isabel Campbell(neeWatson) Posted on 09 Aug 2012 12:18 AM
I know I was on Akaroa with my mum Muriel and wee.sister Hilary in the fire. Id love to here from Liz Lowrie (looby loo).
Isabel Campbell(neeWatson) Posted on 09 Aug 2012 12:20 AM
I know I was on Akaroa with my mum Muriel and wee.sister Hilary in the fire. Id love to here from Liz Lowrie (looby loo).
David Sparkes Posted on 14 Aug 2012 7:52 PM
What a blast from the past - Brian has ignited lots of memories (excuse the pun) - I was an electrical engineer on that trip - fire occured two days out from Barbados.
joe ninty Posted on 30 Aug 2012 9:40 AM
talk about pun david. electrical engineer with a last name of SPARKS!!
Ian Magee Posted on 19 Nov 2012 4:55 PM
Sailed on Akaroa Voyages 4/5/6/7 most trips somthing happened, (4)fire bug/stowaways from Tihiti/ crew member lost overboard between Freemantle and Melbourne (5)Akaroa fell over in drydock KG5 March 1970 then the fire a couple of weeks later 1000miles from Barbados 2.00am / (6) Jimmy (Boatman) Murdered by Doris (Bedroom Steward)between Tahiti and Sydney..... RIP Jimmy
Alison Lonsdale Posted on 09 Dec 2012 3:43 PM
I sailed from london to Sydney on the Arawa, October/November 1969. Would love to reminise with anyone from same sailing!
Dorothy Battersby Posted on 19 Dec 2012 6:29 PM
My husband Joe and myself along with our son John sailed to Sydney on the Arawa, landing on the 6th April 1969, Met with Janet and Clive (newly weds), they disembarked at Perth love to here from them again.
anthony arditto Posted on 18 Jan 2013 2:31 PM
i with my wife returned to australia in 1969 on the mv akaroa .we had our daughter [12mths] with us .my wife was an assisted migrant.the 5 weeks it took was a delight after 5yrs. of english winters.still remember every moment as if it were yesterday.would love to hear from anybody who was on the ship on the voyage [around may june 1969] i originally sailed to u.k. in 1964 on the northern star ,another excellent voyage.
Michael Chaffey Posted on 19 Jan 2013 4:49 PM
I was a waiter and cabin steward on Akaroa 1969-1970 was on boad when she caught fire crossing the Atlantic passengers where fantastic took us almost 8 hours to put the fire out.
Jennifer Gardner Posted on 18 Feb 2013 7:16 PM
My new husband and I were on the maiden voyage of the newly named MV Akaroa. We sailed from a dock in London via Barbados, Curacao,Panama Canal, Fiji Auckland. I remember we arrived at Auckland in June 1968. I especially remember the dya befre we arrived in Auckland we went through typhoon a very strong and rough storm and the sounds of the stableisers.
Ricky Cresswell (Originally Shaw) Posted on 28 Apr 2013 6:37 AM
I was five, I remember the fire 1970, and running up a hallway with my mother. I remember a problem with lifeboats not being able to be lowered. Can anybody clarify this? I still have a news paper cutting from the UK too if anybody wants a scanned copy...
Cindy Winter Posted on 22 Jun 2013 3:31 AM
I sailed on the last voyage of the Arawa to London in May 1971 embarking at Cape Town. Would be wonderful to hear from anyone who was on the same voyage...
peter melody Posted on 24 Jun 2013 7:46 PM
Hi Alison Lonsdale, I saild on the Arawa in October/November 1969,we said from King George V dock London, I would love to share memories.
Regards Pete.
Pauline Hunnam Posted on 16 Jul 2013 12:51 PM
Hi Peter and Alison I sailed on the ARAWA from King George V in oct 1969 arrived in Sydney nov 13th 1969........stopped at Barbados, Panama Canal Curacao Tahiti. I was 13 and I sailed with my 2 brothers and my Parents ....we had a man on the ship who had his story in the paper that he paid more for his dog to go to Oz than he paid for himself .....he was from Liverpool uk.. love to hear from any1 from this ship .Pauline
Ian Ratcliffe Posted on 10 Aug 2013 4:27 PM
Sailed from Tilbury December 69 on the Akoroa, a really fantastic voyage to Melbourne, great people made it all happen. Ian
David glashan Posted on 28 Sep 2013 11:04 PM
I remember well the akaroa falling over in the dry dock, this was my first trip from training at gravesend sea training school.
I was serving in the midships restaurent at the time. I then remember well the fire and the bonus of spending extra time in barbados where I managed to enjoy the pleasure of a passenger, but Alas once back on board us mere Comie,s could not fraternise and I proceeded to meet her at c deck aft go back to the cabin and I was charged with stealing ships cargo. How funny when I think back. When we reached Australia quite a few stewards jumped ship and Brian Rees made me up to A S, how lucky at such a young age. I always remember dolly who I was first seconded to for the first 6 weeks, she, Kate and Joyce made me laugh a hell of a lot and made me grow up quick. Years later I bumped into Brian Rees at spurs when I was taking my son for coaching. Anyway great memories and great crew,
Alan Browne Posted on 07 Oct 2013 9:10 AM
I sailed on the Arawa from Fremantle,Australia in 1969 to Auckland and the Arawa was on its first maiden voyage to NZ.
Wendy Freeman Posted on 18 Oct 2013 2:33 PM
Hello those who sailed on Arawa. I was 7 and sailed (with my parents of course) from Southhampton to Sydney late 1949/50. Las Palmas, Capetown, Perth, etc. Made a friend, Jill Robinson.
Wendy Freeman Posted on 18 Oct 2013 2:36 PM
Re Arawa in 1950: shared bathrooms. Cold seawater baths with small bucket of hot fresh water and 'saltwater' soap. Homemade icecream. Competition daily to guess seamiles covered. Anyone have similar memories?
Lawrence Stanley Posted on 29 Dec 2013 10:02 PM
I joined the Akarowa in kg5 docks London as she was due to go into dry dock for routine maintenance. After they had let all the water out she slipped off the keel and broke 3 main ribs, eventually was passed fit to sail and on my first voyage she caught fire mid Atlantic and was drifting for some time until they could get the engines going again.We eventually arrived in Barbados and had to conduct a lifeboat drill and row around the harbour before the USA would let us go through the Panama Canal.I was a commis chef at the time and was promoted to chef de partie in charge of the veg section. I completed 3 round the world trips on her then transferred onto the Southern Cross for one trip around the Mediterranean.Eventually left the merchant navy to become a manager in the aviation catering industry
Shirley Frith-Watson Posted on 04 Aug 2014 11:35 AM
I sailed from England to Sydney on the Arawa (departed 19th March, 1949 arrived Sydney 9 May,1949)with my mother, father, sister. We were aged 3 and 6. Our Aunt and Uncle and three cousins travelled with us. Cannot remember much of the the trip, only walking on dock in South Africa, the beautiful coffee ice cream aboard ship. We had our picture in the paper in Melbourne. I have the picture but not what was written in the article which I am trying to obtain. My father always said that travel by ship was the best holiday one could have. We have remained in Sydney although my cousins etc. returned to England. Would love to hear from anyone who was on the same passage to Australia.
jan.waterworth Posted on 01 Sep 2014 4:38 PM
Hi Shirley, my grandparent;s sailed on the Arawa on 19th march 1949, and arrived in Freemantle in april 1949.going to search the passenger list.
Margaret Jenkins Posted on 12 Sep 2014 3:48 PM
Trying to find the date of the arrival of the Arawa that departed Southampton 11/10/1923 for Wellington New Zealand.
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Sep 2014 2:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Margaret,
The 'Arawa,’ which departed from Southampton on 11/10/1923 arrived in Wellington, NZ on November 11, 1923.
Marjorie Toker ( nee Nesbitt) Posted on 25 Oct 2014 8:44 AM
I sailed on the Akaroa in April 1970 and met my future husband at number 9 lifeboat when the ship fought fire. Was on my way to NZ on a working holiday, I'm still here. Good memories.
john davidson Posted on 14 Jan 2015 8:46 AM
I was a deckboy on the arawa 1969/70...suez cannal was shut..england..canaries..cape town.port lizzie..east london..durban..freemantle..melbourne..sydney..aaukland..wellington..mt.maunganui...fiji..tahiti??..rarotonga..western samoa..panama..azores..england...and only was 16 years old at that time...it could never again happen again for young (men) my age.
Marie Chase Sillars Posted on 15 Mar 2015 8:19 PM
Hi, I arrived in Sydney May 1969 in the MV Aranda with my family (1 brother & 2 sisters)
Mary Russell Posted on 22 Mar 2015 9:24 PM
Pauline Hunnam hi - hope you read this. I am sur e you are the same Pauline I went to school with in Stockton UK. I often wonder where you are now since I came to live in WA in 1986. Love to hear from you. Mary Russell
pauline Hunnam Posted on 21 Jun 2015 12:17 AM
I am gobsmacked Mary Russell you were the best swimmer we had at school, I do hope this is you you lived in Grays ave , please say this is you , lol.
pauline Hunnam Posted on 21 Jun 2015 12:41 AM
i live in Mandurah WA been here over 25 yrs

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