Archives for November 2020

Lost Kiwi Ships

With communist China becoming more hostile and building a naval base on specially constructed islands in the Indian Ocean, it made me think about the New Zealand ships that have been lost to enemy action, especially during the Second World War. The names of these ships have mostly faded into the mists of history even though it has only been 7 decades since the war finished.


In February 1942 the Japanese submarine campaign began in the Tasman Sea  when vessel I-177 surfaced off Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Wellington and Auckland. It’s amazingly the enemy managed to launch its little float plane on reconnaissance flights over each port. The submarine went undetected even though it spent much of its time on the surface, including passing through Cook Strait. During April and May 1943, the Japanese submarine attacked 11 ships, sinking 7 of them. read more