The barque Rona

The barque Rona, one of several old sailing ships which gained a fresh lease of life due to wartime shortages of shipping. The old vessel is now preserved at Melbourne under a former name, Polly Woodside.

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Adam Thain

Posted: 29 Dec 2020

This was one of my great grandfathers ships, G H Scales! Between 1916 - 1920 she made trips across the Pacific carrying bales of hemp northbound, returning to NZ with cargoes of cased Benzine

Elizabeth Lang, nee Miles

Posted: 23 Mar 2018

My father was a cabin boy on it's last voyage ,when it ran aground at Seatourn in Wellington.He couldn't really swim but got ashore and the Crewe were paid off.