The Maheno and Marama were ships of New Zealand's First World War. Until 1915 these boats had carried passengers across the Tasman for the Union Steam Ship Company, but as casualties mounted at Gallipoli. Fundraisers helped ensure the ships were fitted out in good time and to the highest standards. These state-of-the-art floating hospitals were crewed by a mixture of civilian seafarers and army medical staff, including nurses.
During the Gallipoli Campaign the Maheno carried thousands of wounded soldiers from Anzac Cove to the nearby Greek islands. The Marama entered service just after the start of war at Gallipoli. By the war’s end these distinctively marked ‘white ships’ had transported 47,000 patient