Name of ShipATHENICPhotographerZAKWhere TakenQueens Wharf, Wellington
Particulars of Ship
BuilderHarland & WolffWhere BuiltBelfastDate Built1902Tonnage12234 GRTNumber of passengers670PropulsionTwin Screw SteamAdditional NotesPhoto taken on 01 January 1908 when ATHENIC arrived from England.
A sister ship to CORINTHIC and IONIC.She made her first sailing London-Wellington in February 1902. Design incorporated a high capacity for frozen meat and for a high volume of passengers to be carried. Due to a Dock strike at Wellington in 1912 New Zealand farmers had no option other than to load their own carcasses for shipment. On February 28th 1916 she embarked British prisoners of war at Santa Cruz, which had been taken there from the German Raider MOEWE. Sold in May 1928 for use as a whaling factory ship to Brunn & von der Lippe, Tønsberg and converted at Smiths Dock, Tees and renamed PELAGOS