mv ardenvohr
MV Ardenvohr
later renamed Kaimata
1931 - 1969

The Ardenvohr as shown in the manufacturer's publicity brochure about the ship.
The Ardenvohr was built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, as a passenger & cargo vessel for the Australind Steamship Company, being completed at the end of October 1931.

February 4th 1932 - departed Wakganui for Geelong.

August 1932 - The motor ship Ardenvohr had an unsuccessful race with death on her voyage across the Pacific whilst sailing from New York to Auckland. Steward, H. Hudson, was stricken with pneumonia, being delirious in his bunk for ten days. The Ardenvohr raced at full speed, reaching Auckland on August 27th 1932 a few hours before Mr Hudson died.

March 4th 1933 - arrived Auckland from New York.

March 21st 1933 - Dunedin for Brisbane.

April 10th 1933 - arrived Port Adelaide, departed April 12th for Fremantle with general cargo.

May 6th 1933 - at Geraldton to load 72,167 bags of wheat for export, then to Fremantle for further cargo loading.

October 29th 1933 - arrived Suva from Port Pirie.

June 13th 1934 - at Sydney.

June 27th 1934 - arrive Fremantle.

August 7th 1934 - arrive Sydney from Port Pirie.

October 7th 1935 - depart Suva for Apia.

November 11th 1936 - depart Perth for Glasgow via the Cape.

January 2nd 1937 - arrived London.

September 3rd 1937 - arrived Auckland from Montreal.

October 3rd 1937 - departed Auckland for New York.

November 21st 1937 - departed Quebec.

November 28th 1937 - at Hampton Roads.

December 3rd 1937 - at Cristobal

December 13th 1937 Adelaide - The former Trinder Anderson motorship Ardenvohr, which was bought by the New Zealand Shipping Company some time ago (about November 26th 1937) to represent the company, with its two new motorships Kaikoura and Kaipara, in the combined M.A.N.Z. Line freight service beween Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, via Panama, has been renamed the Kaimata for the sake of uniformity. As the Kaimata. tbe motorship sailed from Quebec for New Zealand ports on November 20th 1937. The Kaikoura will sail from Halifax for New Zealand on December 21st 1937, and the Kaipara will make her maiden voyage to Australia next month.

An undated view of the Kaimata.

January 15th 1938 - due Sydney, Wellington (19th/22nd).

March 1st 1938 - at Balboa, Colon (Mar 5th), New York (Mar 11th), St John (Mar 14th/Mar 19th), Halifax (Mar 23rd).

April 1st 1938 - at Halifax, Cristobal (Apr 9th), Panama (Apr 12th), Brisbane (May 6th), Geelong (May 13th) with cargo for the Ford Motor Co, Melbourne (May 16th/May 21st), Adelaide (May 25th) via Port Pirie, Melbourne (May 28th/May 31st), Sydney (June 2nd/June 8th), Port Adelaide (June 14th/June 18th), Fremantle (Jun 23rd).

June 24th 1938 - departed Fremantle for Cape Town & Dunkirk, at Cape Town (Jul 13th), London (Aug 7th).

August 31st 1938 - departed Liverpool.

September 25th 1938 - at Quebec.

October 5th 1938 - at Cristobal.

December 25th 1938 - at Balboa.


January 5th 1939 - at New York, Boston (Jan 10th), St John (Jan 12th), Halifax (Jan 15th), Cristobal (Feb 3rd), Panama (Feb 4th), Auckland (Feb 22nd).

March 11th 1939 - arrived Melbourne from New Zealand.

March 17th 1939 - at Port Adelaide loading general cargo for North America. At Melbourne she would load cargo transhipped from the Kaituna which was redirected to Port Pirie to load concentrates.

March 27th 1939 - at Melbourne (from Adelaide), Sydney (Apr 1st), Balboa (Apr 30th), Colon (May 4th), New York (May 9th), Quebec (May 16th), Montreal (May 20th).

August 12th 1939 - departed New York, Cristobal (Aug 22nd), Brisbane (Sep 17th).

Departed Brisbane on September 19th 1939, Sydney (Sep 19th/23rd), Melbourne (Sep 27th/28th), Geelong (Sep 29th), Adelaide (Oct 1st/3rd), Port Pirie (Oct 4th/6th), Adelaide (Oct 7th - Nov 7th), Capetown (Dec 2nd/3rd), Freetown (Dec 15th/19th), joining convoy SL.13F to Southend (Jan 4th/19th, 1940) and Liverpool (Jan 22nd, 1940).


Departed Liverpool on January 29th 1940 in convoy OB.82, at Halifax (Feb 14th/15th), St John (Feb 16th - Mar 3rd), Halifax (Mar 4th/13th), Cristobal (Mar 22nd), Balboa (Mar 23rd), Auckland (Apr 15th/24th), Melbourne (Apr 29th - May 4th), Adelaide (May 6th).

Departed Adelaide on May 9th 1940, Sydney May (13th/16th), Brisbane (May 17th/21st), Auckland (May 26th/29th), Wellington (Jun 4th/5th), Lyttelton (Jun 6th), Balboa (Jul 2nd), Cristobal (Jul 3th), Kingston (Jul 6th/8th), Norfolk (Jul 13th), Hampton Roads (Jul 16th), New York (Jul 17th/19th) and Boston (Jul 20th, 1940).

Departed Boston on July 20th 1940, Montreal (Aug 8th), Three Rivers (Aug 11th), Cristobal (Aug 23rd), Balboa (Aug 24th), Auckland (Sep 16th/21st), Dunedin (Sep 30th), Melbourne (Oct 5th/8th), Sydney (Oct 10th/13th), Adelaide (Oct 16th/18th), Burnie (Oct 20th) and Launceston Oct 22nd, 1940.

Departed Burnie on Oct 22nd 1940, Launceston (Oct 23rd), Melbourne (Oct 26th), Sydney (Oct 28th/Nov 2nd), Brisbane (Nov 4th/7th), Balboa (Dec 3rd), Cristobal (Dec 4th), Kingston (Dec 6th/10th), Hampton Roads (Dec 15th/17th), New York (Dec 18th/21st), Boston (Dec 22nd/23rd) and Halifax Dec 25th, 1940.


Halifax (Jan 15th) to Liverpool (Jan 28th)
Liverpool (Feb 27th, Halifax (Mar 11th/18th), New York (Mar 21st)
New York (Apr 15th) to Liverpool (Apr 29th)
Whilst docked at Liverpool the Kaimata endured eight days blitz on Liverpool. The ship sustained some damage, 83 holes made by bombs in the side of the vessel. The top bridge was also blown away. Minor repairs were made in the United Kingdom, further repairs were completed after sailing to the USA.

Liverpool (May 29th), Halifax (Jun 8th), New York (Jun 10th)
New York (Jun 28th) to Liverpool (Jul 12th)

Liverpool July 26th, New York (Aug 7th/Aug 22nd), Hampton Roads (Aug 23rd/26th), Cristobal (Sep 1st), Balboa (Sep 2nd), Melbourne (Oct 8th), Adelaide (Oct 10th/12th), Fremantle (Oct 17th/26th) and Melbourne Nov 5th, 1941.


Departed Melbourne on January 28th 1942, Aden (Feb 21st) and Suez Feb 26th 1942.

Departed Suez on March 16th, Colombo (Mar 27th/30th), Cochin (Mar 31st/Apr 11th), Colombo (Apr 19th/May 5th), Albany (May 22nd), Adelaide (May 26th/28th) and Sydney on June 2nd 1942.

Departed Sydney on June 14th, Port Kembla (Jun 15th/19th), Port Pirie (Jun 23th/Jul 4th), Adelaide (Jul 5th/15th), Balboa (Aug 15th), Cristobal (Aug 20th) then convoy PG.7 to Guantanamo (Aug 23th/28th), convoy TAW.15G Key West (Aug 31st/Sep 2nd), convoy KN.136 New York September 7th.

Departed New York September 17th in convoy HX.208, Belfast Lough (Oct 1st/2nd), Avonmouth (Oct 3th/17th), Barry Roads (Nov 18th/20th), Clyde (Nov 21st).

Departed Clyde November 26th in convoy KMS.4G (Clyde - Bone), escorted Gibraltar (Dec 5th), Bone (Dec 11th), then convoy MKF.4Y (Bone - Clyde), Algiers (Dec 12th/24th), then MKS.4 (Bone - Liverpool) Clyde, (Jan 6th, 1943).


Departed Clyde on February 14th, 1943, Capetown (Mar 21st/28th), Aden (Apr 15th), Suez (Apr 19th), Port Said (May 21st), Alexandria (May 22nd/23rd), Tripoli (Jun 4th).

Tripoli (Jun 8th), convoy KMS.15 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Port Said (Jun 14th), Alexandria (Jun 14th), Beirut (Jun 16th/Jul 1st), Alexandria (Jul 4th/6th), convoy MWS.37 (Alexandria - Augusta) Acid North (Jul 13th), Syracuse (Jul 19th), Acid North (Jul 19th), Syracuse (Jul 25th), Malta (Jul 29th), convoy GTX.4 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Alexandria (Aug 3rd).

Departed Alexandria on August 13th, Port Said (Aug 14th/Sep 8th), Haifa (Sep 9th/16th), Alexandria (Sep 18th/19th), convoy GUS.16 (Alexandria - Hampton Rds) Malta (Sep 24th), Taranto (Sep 26th), Augusta (Oct 6th), Malta (Oct 7th/8th), convoy UGS.18 (Hampton Rds - Port Said) Port Said (Oct 14th/19th), Alexandria (Oct 20th).

Departed Alexandria on October 29th convoy GUS.20 (Alexandria - Hampton Rds) Gibraltar (Nov 7th/13th), Liverpool (Nov 27th).


Departed Liverpool on December 25th 1943, Gibraltar (Jan 9th), Port Said (Jan 20th), Suez (Jan 23rd), Aden (Jan 28th/Feb 7th), convoy AB.30 (Aden - Bombay) Bombay (Feb 15th/16th), Karachi (Feb 18th/24th), Bombay (Feb 26th/Mar 5th), Fremantle March 24th 1944.

Departed Fremantle on June 14th, Port Pirie (Jun 22nd/25th), Launceston (Jun 29th/Jul 5th), Melbourne (Jul 6th/11th), Balboa (Aug 12th), Cristobal (Aug 29th), Guantanamo (Aug 31/Sep 5th), convoy GN.155 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York September 12th 1944.

Departed New York on September 13th convoy HX.308 (NYC - Liverpool), Southend September 29th 1944.

Departed Southend on October 29th 1944 convoy ON.263 (Southend - NYC), Kingston (Nov 18th/28th), New Orleans December 3rd 1944.

Departed New Orleans on December 19th, New York (Dec 25th/29th) convoy HX.329 (NYC - Liverpool) Southend January 14th 1945.


Departed Southend on January 15th 1945, Hull (Jan 16th/Feb 11th), Southend (Feb 13th/16th), convoy ON.285 (Southend - NYC) Halifax (Mar 2nd/6th), St John March 8th 1945.

Departed St John on March 30th, Cristobal (Apr 8th), Balboa (Apr 9th), Sydney (May 6th/31st), Melbourne (Jun 2nd/17th), Port Pirie (Jun 20th/23rd), Brisbane (Jun 29th/Jul 1st), Melbourne July 5th 1945.

Departed Melbourne on July 14th, Aden (Aug 8th), Suez (Aug 13th), Port Said (Aug 22nd), Havre (Sep 3rd/10th), London September 11th 1945.

At Southend on October 14th 1945.

Departed New York on November 25th 1945, Curacao (Dec 1st/2nd), Cristobal (Dec 4th), Balboa (Dec 5th), Auckland (Dec 31st).

March 23rd 1946 - at New York, Boston (Mar 30th/Apr 2nd), for St Johns.

June 24th 1946 - arrived Sydney from Lyttleton.

July 6th 1946 - departed Sydney for Brisbane.

August 8th 1946 - at Brisbane.

September 5th 1946 - at Aden, Port Said (Sep 12th), Gibraltar (Sep 16th), Hull (Sep 23rd).

October 30th 1946 - at Port Said, Suez (Nov 7th), Aden (Nov 12th) for Port Chalmers.

March 23rd 1947 - Balboa, Boston (Apr 8th), St John (Apr 14th).

May 19th 1947 - arrived Cardiff from Auckland.

August 26th 1947 - at Hampton Roads for Dunedin.

January 24th 1948 - at Aden for London.

February 14th 1948 - at London, Falmouth (Mar 18th).

October 5th 1948 - departed New York for Adelaide.

November 8th 1948 - arrived Brisbane, carrying only 5,200 tons of cargo out of a possible 9,000 tons, because of dollar restrictions. To be unloaded at Brisbane were 280 tons of mixed cargo, mostly oil, motor parts and tractors. The bulk of the cargo was for Sydney (Nov 11th) & Melbourne (Nov 22nd) with some for Adelaide.

December 4th 1948 - departed Melbourne for Adelaide (Dec 6th), sailed for Port Pirie (Dec 9th).

March 7th 1949 - at Hull.

April 11th 1949 - at Gibraltar for Brisbane, Aden (Apr 28th).

May 15th 1949 - arrived Fremantle from United Kingdom, under repair May 19th, Melbourne (Jun 2nd), Sydney (Jun 23rd/Jul 16th), Brisbane (Jul 17th) with 1,400 tons of general cargo.

July 31st/Aug 3rd 1949 - at Port Adelaide.

December 28th 1949 - arrived Sydney from Brisbane.

January 2nd 1950 - at Melbourne from Montreal.

January 5th 1950 - at Sydney for Geelong.

February 3rd 1950 - at Melbourne.

February 11th 1950 - expected Fremantle from Adelaide.

February 18th 1950 - departed Fremantle for New York after receiving repairs with general cargo & wool, Adelaide (Feb 25th), Melbourne (Mar 1st), Sydney (Mar 22nd/Mar 25th), Boston (May 15th), St John (May 22nd).

June 21st 1950 - at Cristobal, Sydney (Jul 25th/Aug 5th), Melbourne (Aug 10th), Adelaide (Aug 16th), Port Pirie (Aug 20th/Aug 29th) loading 8,200 tons of concentrates, Fremantle (Sep 5th).

January 15th 1951 - arrived Fremantle.

January 30th 1951 - arrived Melbourne.

February 7th/12th 1951 - at Port Adelaide. Cargo included dogs transported from Britain, playing catch-up with their owners.

February 19th 1951 - due Launceston from Adelaide.

February 23rd 1951 - at Melbourne.

April 13th 1951 - departed Melbourne, Sydney (Apr 16th/Apr 29th), departed for Brisbane (& USA) April 30th.

November 12th 1951 - Whilst en-route from Liverpool via the Cape to Fremantle with Master William Whyte, a fire broke out in rolls of carpet loaded in the 'tween deck of the No. 5 hold early on Monday 12th November 1951, some 1,000 miles from Australia, or elsewhere reported 250 west of Fremantle. Smoke issuing from No. 4 & 5 hatch ventilators led to the chief officer carrying out a search for the source of the fire. As a result all intakes to the hatch were sealed and the automatic steam pumping gear was brought into play. Other contents of the hold were 12 drums of sodium nitrate (or nitrite?), 10 drums of sodium peroxide, 100 drums of sodium hydrosulphite and 250 drums of sodium cyanide (cymag), which is a strong promoter of combustion, water could not be used to quell the fire. The chemicals could also create dangerous poisons. The actions taken prevented the spread of the fire and by 3am on the Monday morning the fire, although not out was contained, whilst the Kaimata maintained maximum speed of 13 knots on its way to Fremantle. As a precuation eighteen members of the crew were relocated from their quarters below decks aft to amidships. Attempts to find the exact seat of the fire were beaten back by thick smoke.

The Kaimata reached Gage Roads at 3.45pm on November 17th, being met by the pilot tender Lady Mitchell carrying port officials, fire chiefs and other experts. Salvage lighter Agnes and the Wandoo assisted with the delivery of four portable fire pumps, gas masks, foam equipment and welding gear. After tests were carried out to check for explosive and poisonous gases, the covers were removed from the ventilaters and holes were drilled to permit the flooding of the area with carbon dioxide gas. Once the danger had been contained the ship was allowed to berth at Fremantle No.7 Wharf to allow for discharge of the cargo and to ascertain the exact source of the fire.

Her deck cargo included two locomotives and tenders for the W.A.G.R. and other heavy machinery. Also housed on the deck were a cat and a dog and a thoroughbred mare consigned to Melbourne, whose stall was situated close to the affected hatch. Prefabricated units were also being carried, for erection as transit sheds at North Wharf, Fremantle. The Kaimata carried a crew of 43 officers and men. There were no passengers.

Considering the intensity of the fire which broke out in the lower 'tween deck of No. 5 hatch, little structural damage was recorded and this did not affect the seaworthiness of the vessel as confirmed by Lloyd's surveyor at Fremantle (Mr. W. G. Davies). The renewal of about 150 sq. ft. of steel decking, which was buckled, as well as three deck beams and the forward hatch combing, would be repaired on the ship's next visit to Britain. Only the hatch combing was temporarily straightened at Fremantle.

December 5th 1951 - sailed from Fremantle for Adelaide to load a cargo of wheat. For unloading at Port Adelaide was a consignment of Hoover washing machines. The ship remained at Adelaide until January 3rd 1952.

January 7th 1952 - at Melbourne.

February 12th 1952 - at Port Adelaide, unloaded here was one cat from England, which had cost its owner 60 in shipping and quarantine fees to transport it from England. Departed Port Adelaide on March 8th, arrived Fremantle March 13th.

March 22nd 1952 - departed Fremantle for the United Kingdom.

September 19th 1952 - expected Hobart from Adelaide with zinc & iron and departs Hobart September 22nd.

October 9th 1952 - expected Fremantle from Bunbury.

January 26th 1953 - expected at Fremantle from the United Kingdom.

January 29th 1953 - departed Fremantle for Melbourne.

January 30th 1953 - John James Watterson (24), a steward on the freighter Kaimata (arrived Jan 26th), pleaded guilty in the Fremantle Police Court yesterday to having wilfully damaged a quantity of crockery the property of the New Zealand Shipping Line. He was fined 2 with 3/17/9 costs.

February 5th 1953 - at Melbourne.

February 18th 1953 - at Adelaide.

February 22nd 1953 - at Port Pirie.

March 9th 1953 - arrived Sydney from Melbourne.

March 17th 1953 - Nearly 100 watersiders walked off the freighter Kaimata at Newstead following a dispute over the loading of mineral sand. Employers said that the watersiders demanded ten men, instead of eight below decks. A Board of Reference granted this in one but not in three hatches. After a meeting which considered the board's decision, four gangs walked off the ship at 1 pm. Another two gangs refused night duty. The Kaimata, which was loading mineral sand for the United States, was idle from 1pm.

July 20th 1953 - at Brisbane unloading Canadian newsprint, which was delayed due to worker unrest.

July 24th 1953 - arrived Sydney.

August 1st 1953 - at Melbourne from Montreal, Adelaide (Aug 14th/16th), Whyalla (Aug 24th).

October 3rd 1953 - at Melbourne from Adelaide.

May 31st 1954 - at Melbourne.

July 14th 1954 - Seven ships berthed in Brisbane yesterday with stories of 70 miles an hour winds and raging seas. Off Point Lookout on Monday (July 12th) the 10,000 ton tanker Stanvac Canberra was forced to pump 2,000 tons of sea water into her deep tanks for ballast to steady the ship. Freighter Kaimata hove to off Cape Moreton during the worst of the cyclone, being buffeted throughout July 14th, her position shifted 25 miles. The Reynolds, the Bundaleer, and the Boonaroo rode out the cyclone off Cape Moreton. Navy corvettes HMAS Wagga and Cootamundra followed the cyclone from Hervey Bay and berthed safely in Brisbane. The 200 ton Break Sea Spit light vessel broke adrift, was taken in tow by the Cootamundra, and was then lost. It was later recovered and brought into Brisbane.

July 21st 1954 - at Sydney and delayed due to strike action at the port, departed July 30th for Fremantle.

August 5th 1954 - Another waterfront dispute in Melbourne threatened following the suspension of 102 waterside workers for refusing to work an extra two hours on the steamers Port Fremantle, Kaimata and Lowana on Wednesday (August 4th). The men refused to work the extra time on the ground that they had not been given sufficient notice that they would be required until 7 p.m., and were dismissed. The suspensions were imposed at a meeting of the Stevedoring Industry Board yesterday morning. Other waterside workers replaced the men on the Port Fremantle and the Lowana, but all calls for the Kaimata were ignored.

August 10th 1954 - departed Melbourne for Adelaide, departed Adelaide Aug 15th, Fremantle (Aug 18th).

August 24th 1954 - Fremantle - Lumpers wore gas masks, hoods and industrial clothing yesterday to work in a ship's hold made dangerous by a heavy concentration of cyanide gas. The ship was the Kaimata, carrying a consignment of crude cyanide powder in drums, many of which became damaged. The leakage stopped work in the ship's No. 1 hold from 10.30 a.m. until late afternoon. Lumpers then resumed with masks after blowers had pumped out the worst of the fumes. A board of reference granted them an additional 1/- an hour because of the discomfort of the work.

August 30th 1954 - departed Fremantle for Port Pirie.

September 25th 1954 - departed Fremantle for Aden.

November 10th 1954 - Peter J. Ridley. 18. catering boy pleaded guilty to deserting from the vessel Kaimata at Port Pirie on September 11th. He was fined 10 10/. with 3 13/ costs. Mr. M. P. O'Callaghan prosecuted on behalf of the ship's representative.

December 30th 1954 - They nucleus of the new Avenue Shipping Company, of which the New Zealand Shipping Company and Messrs. Birt, Potter, and Hughes were shareholders were five of the New Zealand Company's "K" freighters. This Kaimata which was renamed Antrim.

Other renamings:
Hongkong Fir, 1957
Adri X, 1962
Affan Elbahar, 1963
Sang Pratiwi, 1964
Pala, 1969

The ship was sold for scrap during 1969 to a yard in Hong Kong.


Built: William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton; Yard No. 1250
Launched: July 14th 1931
Completed: October 31st 1931
Tons: 5,395 tons
Length: 430ft 4in
Breadth: 56ft 2in
Draught: 26ft 7in
Propulsion: 1 x 8S68 Denny/Sulzer diesel engine of 3,600hp at 100rpm.
Screws: 1
Speed: 12.5 knots

Sulzer: List of Motorships
International Marine Engineering, Volume 18
National Library of Australia : Trove website of archived Australian Newspapers (
Wartime information: Convoyweb, data supplied by Don Kindell, extracted from the late Arnold Hague's papers with the kind permission of Mrs. Gill Hague.

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