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Arago (II)

Arago (II)

IMO: 9186948 Now known as Gas Legacy.

Seen here berthed at Selfs Pt Upstream from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia preparing to discharge LPG

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Jumping to conclusions is a mistake, but I would suggest that she probabaly loaded the LPG in Westernport, so not a huge sea voyage to reach her destination?
 

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She arrived from Devonport and Next port was Westernport. I belive she arrived in Devonport from Port Botany. It was nothing unusal for her to come down to Tasmania from Brisbane and in one case she arrived in Hobart with LPG from Singapore. But the LPG for Tasmania most of the time either comes from Westernport or Port Botany.
 

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Thanks Kelgels, I have more fond memories of Devonport and Launceston than Westernport...

Also nice to see a proper ship (as in Pressure Ship)
 

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I remember I met one Lpg ship ' Arago ' in 1969 in Queensland, OZ, It was Island Nav.co. of HK, some engineers came and exchanged magazines/newspapers, we learnt that they were trading between OZ and the Pacific Islands ( Rabual, Tahaiti etc), cud it be the same one ? ( the funnel I saw was blue )

ww
 

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Has been seen in Dunedin a few times with LPG ex Westernport - Aussie gas being imported to supplement NZ's dwindling production.
 

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Hi William, I missed your posting of 26 March and only saw it today. - That is curious about Island Navigation and Arago - to the best of my knowledge there was no connection between Island Navigation and Oceangas Australia, apart from one tenuous link when Houlder Brothers, who were at the time not part of the Tung Group, were supplying the Master to one ship in the Oceangas Australia fleet. I also have no recollection of INC ever being involved in Gas Tankers.

The first Arago was a very small ship of not even 1000 tons deadweight, built at La Ciotat in France on 1962 and reportedly brought the first sea borne imports of LPG into Australia, with 321 tons of propane shipped into the East Coast of Australia from France; she discharged a part-cargo into Townsville on 11 December 1963 and then the balance into Brisbane.
 

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The unusal thing about this shot, is that she was turned around and berthed to seaward which is very unusal for Selfs Pt normaly the berth strait in and turn on departure.
 

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Tonga

It could be another LPG ship bearing the same name, The engineers were from HK under Island Nav. or whatever but surely the Tung group. I boarded her to collect some magazines

I suspect the 1000 dwt LPG ship you mentioned could be the one I met in '69
as I was told the ship was trading the south pacific

Regards / ww
 

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