HMS Puriri by Gerry Wright


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HMS Puriri (1938-1941)
The story of the only warship to be lost by enemy action in New Zealand waters and the environment in which she served.

The coaster MV Puriri was built in 1938 to work on the west coast of New Zealand, but in 1941 she was taken over by the New Zealand Navy and converted to a minesweeper.

Chapters in the book:
The Anchor Shipping Company
Henry Robb Shipbuilders
MV Puriri
Preparations for war
German minefields
RMS Niagara sinking
Initial mine clearance
Requisition of Puriri
Early minesweeping
The Rangitane sinking
Conversion of Puriri
Puriri joins the fleet
Puriri diaster
Board of enquiry
HMS Puriri memorial
Puriri’s replacement



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