News from 1932 Retirement of Capt Hodgson

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
The Evening Post, Wellington, 10 June 1932
Retrieved from the National Library of New Zealand web site,

Captain W. S. Hodgson, late commander of the White Star liner Ionic, having
retired from the White Star Company early in the year after thirty years'
service, has decided to make New Zealand his home, and will reside in the
Taranaki district. Captain Hodgson started his seafaring career in 1892 as
an apprentice under sail in the Lord Canning, and traded out of Liverpool to
Australia and the west coast of America. In 1902 he joined the White Star
Company as fourth officer. His first command was the Athenic, when he took
charge of the vessel on the death of Captain Jones, who died on the voyage.
Later he had command of the Corinthic, and for the past two and a half years
before retiring he was in command of the Ionic. During the war Captain
Hodgson was an officer in several of the company's vessels trading in the
Western Ocean; in fact, he has served in most of the White Star fleet, and
while on the Afric the vessel was torpedoed, several members of the crew
perishing in the Atlantic.


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