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Iron Sirius visits Port Kembla, 1973

Iron Sirius visits Port Kembla, 1973

BHP bulk carrier IRON SIRIUS on her first visit to Port Kembla, Australia in 1973 with tug KEIRA in attendance. "The fleet giant's speed of 15.5 knots (fully loaded) is produced by a diesel engine of 10 cylinders (23,000 bhp at 122 rpm). The new name commemorates HMS Sirius which was wrecked in

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Great photo! Pics of this standard from this era are so rare! Correct me if I'm wrong but the pilot boat looks like Tom Thumb. Unusual to see that Keira is on the port side. They must have rotated the ships onto the berth in those days. This photo was possibly taken in pre No2 Discharge Berth days. Thanks for posting Cowboy.
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Peter
 

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Correct, the pilot boat was TOM THUMB. At the time (1973) No.2 Raw Materials Berth didn't exist, so the ship was rotated 180 degrees and with bow pointing east was maneuvered onto what is now No.1 Raw Materials Berth. If you look at the images of Iron Clipper and Iron Endeavour in my series you will see them docking at No.1 Raw Materials Berth. I think No.2 Berth came into operation in 1975/1976. Cheers.
 

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A very late comment, but I have only now caught up with this photo.
Iron Sirius and a similar sized bulker, Iron Somersby were laid up side by side at the Cunningham Pier, Geelong for many months prior to going to the breakers. The latter originally belonged to Ropners, and her original name was retained, prefixed by 'Iron'.
 

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