1943 - Iris Moana

From the Navy to Waiheke

The Iris Moana was originally a Fairmile B motor launch of the New Zealand Navy.

She was constructed in Auckland during the second world war for about £35,000. She was designated HMNZ ML409 and served in the Solomon Islands.

In 1947 she was sold to a private buyer.

Then the navy repurchased her in 1953 and she was recommissioned as HMNZS Maori (P3570).

In 1963 the navy sold her again, and she became the Auckland-Waiheke ferry Iris Moana.

Vital stats

Length: 107 feet

Beam: 18 feet

Draft: 6.6feet

Hull: wood

Owners: North Shore ferries 1965-1981; Devonport Steam Ferry Group of Companies, 1981-late 1980s

Built by: Associated Boat Builders, Auckland in 1943

Gross tons: 147

Engines: 2 x 6-cyinder diesels, Gardner, UK

Passengers/crew: 226/3

  • <p>Matiatia Bay from Ocean View Road, c1980s. <em>Bruce Croll collection.</em></p>
  • <p>Iris Moana at Matiatia Wharf, 20th October 1984. <em>Gulf News collection.</em></p>
  • <p>The Iris Moana coming into Matiatia, 24th January, 1989. <em>Taken from David Balderston's The Waiheke Ferries of Auckland.</em></p>