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PORT ADELAIDE

PORT ADELAIDE

1951
possibly Australia

She is on maiden voyage as her foremast was altered soon after due to vibration problems


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Chris, Not flying a courtesy flag so probably in the UK at the end of her maiden voyage - too scruffy to be the beginning.
 

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Is that a xmas tree atop the mast as was once the custom on some ships?
Cheers John.
 

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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.
 

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I always felt she was the best looking Port Line ship of her era - how could you improve that profile?
 

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I am always struck by the many similarities between this class of Port Line vessel and Union Castle ships:
Similar colour scheme
Same cruiser stern
Similar bow profile
Very similar shaped funnel

I suppose the common factor is Harland and Wolff.
 

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Still prefer the Port Townsville with the "streamlined" accommodation and the deck level extending to the front of it.
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=84070
But then I'm biased. [=P]
 

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Just to change the subject.

This scan was from a huge 116 roll film size, with a large amount of damage.

If I had printed it all the damage would be obvious, but with digital you can disguise these problems in a way you never could in a darkroom.
 

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