a painting of the Marama as a hospital ship depicted leaving Wellington off Sinclair Head by Frank Barnes in 1915
Marama was the second ship from NZ to be supplied as a hospital ship. A much larger vessel than the first vessel, the Maheno,
this was fitted with 600 beds and equipped in 23 days, the result of
workmen working night and day during that period. She sailed from
New Zealand on 5 December 1915 to Alexandria in Egypt to take wounded
veterans of the Gallipoli campaign to Southampton, England, and
continued in service for the rest of the war.