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Thursday, March 8, 2012


My first ship was HMNZS Kaniere and my first overseas trip was an Island cruise which included Levuka, the old capital of Fiji.

HMNZS Rotoiti in Melbourne, Australia

It was very much an Island colonial type of town and something that had always intrigued me was the mystery of the Joyita.

downtownempty-levuka Levuka from sea

Well, there lying on her side was the hulk of the Joyita


Acknowledgment of MV Joyita Tragedy

Friday, 9 March 2012, 11:49 am
Press Release: New Zealand First Party

Asenati Lole-Taylor
Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs

09 March 2012

NZ First Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor is pleased the Government has finally acknowledged the MV Joyita tragedy by hosting the Samoa MV Joyita Commemoration ceremony in Parliament.

The event marked the loss of 25 people on board the vessel of the MV Joyita on the 3rd of October, 1955.

“The ceremony was an occasion which provided a time for the families to have some sense of closure,” Mrs Lole-Taylor says

It is a world maritime mystery what happened to the New Zealand and Tokelauan passengers 56 years ago.

MV Joyita

12:51 PM – Posted by Mr.Heyvin - 0 comments

The MV Joyita was a wooden ship built in 1931 as a luxury yacht. It was commissioned by
the US Navy as a patrol boat during WWII, serving in the South Pacific.

On October 3, 1955, the Joyita left Samoa for the Tokelau Islands. The Joyita was carrying
cargo of medical supplies, lumber and foods, along with 9 passengers and 16 crew. She
never reached port, so a search crew covered 100,00 square miles in search of the Joyita to
no avail.

The Joyita was found on November 10th, 600 miles away from her planned route. No trace
of the cargo, crew or passengers were ever found on the partially submerged vessel. The
ghost ship’s radio was tuned to the international marine distress channel.

It has been theorized in books that the Joyita most likely was attacked by pirates or
Japanese fishing boats possibly conducting illegal activity. If so, the crew and passengers
were murdered and the cargo


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