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Reply Quentin
7:20 PM on April 8, 2011 

MV Straitsman was Strait Shippings first vessel, with an overall length of 62.52 metres and a gross tonnage of 726 tons.

Built in 1970 by North Queensland Engineers and Agents in Cairns, Australia she had a draft of 3.81 metres.

The Straitsman spent her early days in Bass Strait, Australia, sailing between Melbourne, Tasmania and King Island. Used to transport livestock, she launched Strait Shippings service across Cook Strait between Wellington, Picton and Nelson in 1992.

The Straitsman travelled at a speed of 12 knots running on two Lister Blackstone diesel engines with one bowthruster.

The Straitsman operated continuous service until the introduction of MV Santa Regina in 2003 when she was temporarily retired before being sold in 2004. She continues her life in warmer Fijian waters under the name of Sinu-I-Wasa (Flower of the Sea in Fijian).

Although no longer part of the fleet, MV Straitsman (Lollipop as she was affectionately known) remains very much a part of Strait Shipping history