North Island,New Zealand

The steamer Niagara was an ocean liner laid down by John Brown & Company Ltd in Glasgow, and was launched in August 192 for  Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. She survived the Great War, but had an outbreak on board of the Spanish Flu in October 1918 that claimed several lives and put her in quarantine in Auckland harbor in January 1919. She was sold to Canadian Australian Line Ltd in London in 1931. After the outbreak of World War Two she continued her route in the Oceania and passenger traffic between New Zealand and Australia. Under a journey from Auckland to Vancouver loaded with passengers and gold bars, she hit a mine laid out by the German auxiliary cruiser SMS Orion 18. June 1940. She disappeared in the deep two hours after she struck the mine. Most of her gold cargo was salvaged in operations in 1941 and 1953, but five gold bars are still unaccounted for. The wreck rest today on her port side northwest of Groper Island on a depth of 105 to 140 meter. Also see the historic salvage operations on the wrecks of HMS Edinburgh and the ocean liner Egypt.

Former names:

524,7 x 66,3 x 28,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
13415 grt
Glasgow ( UK ) 1912
London ( UK )

35°51'50.0"S 174°56'38.0"E

Picture: RMS Niagara
Courtesy of
Alexander Turnbull Library, Public domain

Last updated: February 2017