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DUNEDIN

The DUNEDIN at New Plymouth, NZ during the early 1980's.

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Was she a sister to the Willowbank and half sister of Blue Stars Australia and New Zealand Stars? Seem to think the Blue Star ships were bought off the blocks and were originally for Manchester liners?
 

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Dunedin is still sailing as MSC Jessica,Argentina Star{Chuchill} was a sister ship also,it's good these old girls are still getting around.
 

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She was similar to WILLOWBANK, but not a sister. She was originally built to operate alongside Bank Line's WILLOWBANK and Shipping Corp of NZ's NEW ZEALAND CARIBBEAN on a service between Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies.
DUNEDIN was Shaw Savill's last ship and the only full container ship built for them.
Good to see her still giving good service.
 

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She was one of the Con-Air container ships built for the NZ trade where insulated containers were carried below decks in 2,3,4 & 5 holds and in which were cooled by a central air circulation system. Considering todays teu capacity she had a total capacity of only 762 containers
 

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This photo was taken in August 1980, as she arrived at New Plymouth on her maiden voyage. She was officially named in a ceremony here, having been "launched" only, back in the UK. The naming was a big local event at the time, attended by lots of the local heirarchy, possibly even the NZ PM, not sure on that one tho. She had already visited Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney and Lyttleton before this, and then headed to Panama and the Gulf States. Special treatment at most ports, in Sydney she docked initially at the passy boat berth beside the Opera House before moving round to the main harbour. I was a deck cadet on her at the time, great memories of a super trip. We were all given a framed copy of this photo, along with a commemorative plaque. Good times!
 

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