HMNZS Maori (P3570)

HMNZS Maori (P3570) was a Fairmile B Motor Launch of the Royal New Zealand Navy

New Zealand
Laid down: 1942
Commissioned: 1953
Decommissioned: 1963
Identification: IMO number: 6809745
General characteristics
Class and type: Fairmile B class motor launch
Displacement: 85 tons
Length: 112 ft (34 m)
Beam: 18 ft 3 in (5.56 m)
Draught: 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)
Propulsion: Twin petrol engines totaling 1,200 bhp
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 1,500 mi (1,300 nmi; 2,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 16
Sensors and
processing systems:

1 × 3-lb Mk I gun 1 × twin 0.303-in Machineguns

12 depth charges
Armour: Wheelhouse plated

Originally commissioned on 20 December 1943 with pennant number Q 409, she was part of the 80th Motor Launch Flotilla. Early in 1944 she went to the Solomon Islands where she served under the operational control of COMSOPAC. After the end of the war she was sold.

In 1953 she was repurchased and recommissioned as HMNZS Maori (P3570).[1]

In 1963 she was sold again and became the Auckland-Waiheke ferry Iris Moana.


  1. "The RNZN Fairmiles". Retrieved 2007-11-14.

Further reading

  • Cassells, K.R. (1993). The Fairmile Flotillas of The Royal New Zealand Navy. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Ship & Marine Society. ISBN 095978344X.

See also

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