The Rangatira was built by Workman Clark of Belfast in 1908 for Shaw Savill & Albion Company. She was one of five sister ships built for the frozen meat trade. She weighed 10,118 tons and was 478 feet long. She had one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. The passenger accommodation consisted of 1,000 steerage class. She was launched on the 16th December 1908. On the 7th February 1910 she was put on the Liverpool-Wellington service until September 1914 when she was converted to a troopship for WW1 by the Naval Docks in Sydney. She was wrecked in 1916 at Robben Island and took six months to fully break up - see record at this site below
The Rangatira departed England on the 9th January 1914. The passenger list record has varied dates listed for this ships departure (as can be seen below) but the correct date was the 9th January 1914.
ABOVE: 1913 was crossed out & 1914 wriiten over it, then there was 1913 and there was 1914 on various pages of this passenger list - but 9th January 1914 was the correct departure date for the 'Rangatira'
ABOVE: The original passenger list for the Rangatira shows the four Yarker children lists at bottom of page
Above: The Rangatira Passenger list shows four the Yarker children as A Yarker, F Yarker, J Yarker & E Yarker
(See Yarker Family Tree & also John & Margaret Yarker's History for why the children went to New Zealand)
Albert Yarker (aged 11)
Edith Yarker (aged 9)
Francis Yarker (aged 5)
John Yarker (aged3)
AN INTERESTING FACT: It is interesting to note that there was another interesting passenger list for the Rangatira in 1912 bound for Sydney. Alfred Henry Scutt left with his family on board the Rangatira in 1912. Alfred Henry Scutts was aged 33 when he and his wife Gertrude, also 33, migrated from England to Australia in 1912 with their four young sons Cyril, Ethrick, Horace and Percy. They arrived in Sydney on the 23rd February on the SS Rangitira. Daughter Eva, who was born in Australia in 1913, married Joe Jagger and they became Mick Jagger's parents.