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The Rimutaka was originally built by the Peninsular & Oriental Line in 1922 and was initially called the Mongolia. It was a 16-knot twin screw geared turbine steamer, with accommodation for 222 first class and 175 second class passengers. It had a single funnel.

The Mongolia was laid up during 1937 when replaced by new liners. Mongolia was then chartered to the N.Z.S. Co. in 1938 and was renamed as the Rimutaka.

She saw service as a part-time trooper during W.W. II. It was sold in 1950 and renamed Europa to trade under the Panamanian flag. She was then renamed again to the Nassau in 1951, and was transferred to the Monrovian Register in 1954.

From 1961, she was owned in Mexico as the Acapulco, with a modernised profile. But her new career as a cruise ship was short-lived, and she was laid up in 1963, to be scrapped at Osaka in 1964.


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