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Melbourne Trader~Townsville 83

Melbourne Trader~Townsville 83

Melbourne Trader arriving in Townsville 1983.This small roro was owned by ANL and serviced Cairns,Townsville,Brisbane,Sydney,and Bell Bay. Saw her in the Med about 4 years ago.

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Watched her disappear over the horizon in the mid-80s with a Maltese flag and a full cargo of potatoes from one of the northern Tasmanian ports, not sure which - maybe Burnie. Can't remember the new name.

John T.
 

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Another memory, Melbourne Trader was bought off the stocks in Norway by ANL. She then was put on the Bass Strait trade, Melbourne to Burnie, Devonport & Bell Bay. Then in 1976/77 she was switched to the North Queensland trade from Northern Tasmania. A good run that was, especially after the hectic Bass Strait trade. The ports of call was as follows:Bell Bay(Launcecton), Burnie (same day), Sydney, Brisbane, Port Alma (Rockhampton) Mackay,Townsville, Cairns, then back to Sydney and Port Kembla and to Bell Bay to start the cycle over again.She was a good sea ship and I enjoyed my two years sailing aboard her. Cheers, Kevin Harrison (lensoveta)
 

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