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Mundoora

My first command 1975.
Built for the Adelaide Steamship Company by Evans Deakin & Co.Ltd., Brisbane in 1960 - m.v. "Mundoora" (4,116grt) became a fleet member of Associated Steamships Pty.Ltd., Melbourne in 1964 when the company was created by the amalgamation of the Adelaide Steamship

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lovely cargo that ferromanganese. Once did a trip from Norway to Chicago with that stuff in November. Ship was only 1599 gross, a trip not to be forgotten! The nicest day we had was westerly 8, stiff as a board.
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Dave
 

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Sailed on the Kooliga, my bro was on the kooliga before and after conversion, I was on it after, but was on the Barwon what had a similar conversion to cranes and lift up hatches...gordy
 

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Brought back memories to see this photo. I was 2nd mate on this vessel in late sixties. Possibly the best maintained and most up to date Australian vessel I served on. Some, such as the "Barwon", were positively prehistoric.

I spent most of my Aust Coast time on tankers, namely "Millers Canopus" and "Esso Macquarie", but also "Kooliga", "Minkara","Taralba" and Branxton".

A shocking thing to say, I suppose, but after my experience on the Aust Coast, I can understand why no shipowner would ever consider putting vessels under the Australian flag unless forced to do so.

An absolute disaster from start to finish at that time. I have to wonder at the hypocrisy of Australian commentators today criticising the condition of vessels under flags of convenience when I recollect my experiences on Australian flag vessels in the 60's.

This is a wonderful site and thank you for all your efforts.
 

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