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Endeavour Antarctic Tanker

HMNZS Endeavour II was one of 23 Patapsco-class gasoline tankers built between 1942-1945 for the United States Navy. She was commissioned into RNZN service in 1962. 

Ship Details:

Pennant Number: A184 (In USN service AOG53) as it is a naval vessel there is no Maritime New Zealand number

Commissioned: 5 October 1962

Paid off: 30 June 1971

Tonnages: Standard: 1850

Fully loaded: 4335

In RNZN service: 2000 fuel plus dry cargo

Dimensions: 94.7 x 14.8 x 4.8m

Machinery: 2-shaft GM diesel-electric, bhp 3300 (2440 kW) = 14 knots

Armament: Was not armed whilst in RNZN service

Complement: 68 officers and ratings plus up to 14 scientists

Builder: Cargill Inc Savage Minnesota USA

Laid down: 1 August 1944

Launched 14:  November 1944

Completed as USS Namakagon June 1945

Class: One of 23 Patapsco-class gasoline tankers built between 1942-1945 for the United States Navy. Namakagon was commissioned on 18 June 1945. Placed in reserve 20 September 1957.

Service History: Commissioned 5 October 1962, Paid off 30 June 1971

Tonnages – standard: 1850

– fully loaded: 4335

– in RNZN service: 2000 fuel plus dry cargo

Dimensions: 94.7 x 89 w/l x 14.8 x 4.8m

Machinery: 2-shaft GM diesel-electric, bhp 3300 (2440 kW) = 14 knots

Armament: Was not armed whilst in RNZN service

Complement: 68 plus up to 14 scientists

Builder: Cargill Inc Savage Minnesota USA

Laid down 1 August 1944

Launched 14 November 1944

Completed as USS Namakagon June 1945

Class: One of 23 Patapsco-class gasoline tankers built between 1942-1945 for the United States Navy. Namakagon was commissioned on 18 June 1945. Placed in reserve 20 September 1957.

Operational Details:

From Reports of Proceedings for February and March 1971

1-6 February 1971 Endeavour voyages southwards to Antarctica

4 February 1971 first iceberg spotted

6 February 1971 – magnetometer recovered to avoid loss – levels of brash and ice cake increasing forced a reduction in speed.

6-10 February 1971 pack ice traversed and course altered to find easier conditions

11 February 1971 Endeavour berths port side to Number One Elliot Quay 2204 – unloading cargo begins – McMurdo Sound

12 February 1971 unloading completed by 0800 – ship stands off while the tanker USS Maumee unloads. Endeavour rebirths at Number Four. It took most of the afternoon and early evening to rig a brow from the forecastle.

12-13 February Endeavour berthed. Also present in harbour are USS Maumee, Wyandot, Burton Island, and Staten Island

 14 February 1971 sail from McMurdo Sound 1600 – due to threat of ice at night speed is reduced.

15-24 February 1971 Passage to Campbell Island

25 February 1971 Arrives at Campbell Island – anchors off meteorological station 1053 – departs for Lyttelton 1130

27 February 1971 Arrives at Lyttelton – berth port side to Number 4 East 1015

1 March 1971 Endeavour Lyttelton for Bluff at 1900 for second trip to Campbell Island

2 March 1971 Ashes of Edward Bray scattered on the water

3 March 1971 Endeavour arrives at Bluff 0700

3-8 March 1971 Berthed at Bluff

8 March 1971 departs Bluff 1130 for Campbell Island – winds are at 40knots

10 March 1971 reaches islands and anchors off meteorological station 0855 – at 1800 the ship proceeds to Lyttleton – at this time the ship is ordered to collect a party from the Snares

11 March 1971 Endeavour arrives at the Snares at 1545 – party is retrieved and the ship sets sail for Lyttelton at 1736

13 March 1971 Ship arrives at Lyttelton at 0936

15 March 1971 departs for Auckland 1130

18 March 1971 arrives at Auckland – berths port side to Calliope Far West 0900.

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