Chris Botes was C/Eng on the PAPAROA and they sailed from Leith to London Docks for a few days and then round to the Blackwater, paying off on the 28/05/69 at Maldon. Some of the coasting crowd stayed on board while she was laid up - a jolly time was had by all according to the stories told during the next voyage.
Chris, however, left to get married, rejoining the PAPAROA in the Blackwater and signing on at Maldon on 06/08/69. They proceeded to Falmouth for a short stay and then onward to NZ and a double header on the MANZ run. The voyage was completed on 18th March 1970 and they paid off in London.
Ian Clarke says he can remember going onboard the PAPAROA when she followed IBERIC into the river for lay-up on the same tide, which was unsual.
Renamed MARGARET-1970. Broken up 1970.
Dates in river are from Voyage Record Cards.