Cultural Artefact: Ranadi, MV


Originally resigned as a steam yacht tender to a large ship laying cables in the Atlantic, the MV Ranadi was the main BSIP Government vessel in the 1920s. The ungainly ship had a huge boiler to cope with its previous cold-climate use, and had been the government yacht in Fiji before being sent to Solomons to carry passengers and cargo throughout the Protectorate. Ranadi failed as a general cargo ship but remained as the Resident Commissioner's yacht. The name was later used as part of the Marine Training School (q.v.) at Honiara. (MacQuarrie 1946, 25-26)

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  • MacQuarrie, Hector, Vouza and the Solomon Islands, Angus and Robertson, Sydney; London, 1946. Details