The maiden voyage of the Port Adelaide was out to Auckland in 1951. She was the first Port Line vessel to be equipped to use boiler oil in her main diesel machinery. When built she had a single racked pole mast forward of her bridge between numbers 2 and 3 hatchways. It was found the mast vibrated greatly when the ship was underway and so a set of samson posts were built in its place.
On trials the ship averaged 17kts. Following the successful trials in the Port Napier and Port Brisbane her refrigerated holds were sheathed with aluminium alloy sheets.
She followed the building of the Port Auckland and Port Brisbane but does not have the pronounced look as those vessels.
A 30 ton Clyde crane served her number 4 & 5 hatches. In 1953 she discharged 5,000 tons of butter at Gdynia, Poland. In 1954 she did a trip out to India on charter to T & J Brocklebank the other subsidiary to the Port Line in the Cunard group.
Still prefer the Port Townsville with the "streamlined" accommodation and the deck level extending to the front of it.
But then I'm biased. [=P]