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Port Auckland

Port Line postcard of "Port Auckland", sister of "Port Brisbane" but slightly less streamlined.

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And a nicer looking vessel for the lesser amount of streamlining too!! In my opinion, Swan Hunter overdid the bridge fronts (as in, for example, "Port Brisbane" & "Port Townsville) whereas Hawthorn Leslie did it less so (as in, say, "Port Auckland" & "Port Adelaide"). I can recall being told, in the early 60s that Swan Hunter had the ability that Hawthorn Leslie didn't, to roll plate.

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One of the problems of shipbuilding in UK was that the yards always regarded the other companies on the same river as a greater enemy than the overseas shipbuilders. It always paid to take the comments you mention Emmesstee with a very large pinch of salt.
As an old Leslie's man I would ask how did we manage to make the funnel if we could not roll plate?

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Fred -

It was never my intention to "offend" an old Leslie's man! It was neither a Swan's nor a Leslie's man who made the point to me all those years ago, it was a Port Line superintendent! Might it have been "an" ability, rather than "the" ability?

I still think the HL bridge fronts look better than the SH counterparts of the same or similar class - the SH ones were far too "bulgey" and overdone, if you know what I mean!

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I think there is a similar thread here to engine build, as they differed between the various shipbuilders, both direct and under licence. Some better some worse than original. As far the ships' construction is concerened, I guess who ever drew the thing would have a certain amount of input to the final look?, unless the yard just built whatever they thought would look good. Can't imagine that!
 

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Dox -

Good point in your last two sentences - the "Brisbane" and the "Auckland" were sister ships .... pure supposition, but one imagines that the original drawing of the bridge front for maximum streamlining effect would have been that of the "Brisbane". Maybe HL did what they could and got a nicer final appearance anyway!!

Glad to see you're back cambria49 - Dox and I have a job for you down the tunnel!

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Indeed I do - I don't go there frequently and Dox stays in the ECR these days, so if you're working down there, well .............................!!

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The delivery time between the two ships was so short (Brisbane in February and Auckland in April 1949) that is unlikely there was a "lead yard" passing drawings to a "follow-on yard". There are a number of other differences between the ships. The forecastle is 2 feet longer and the bridge deck is 8 feet longer on the Auckland and she has more general cargo and refrigerated space. It seems as though the general concept was issued to both yards and they then produced their own interpretations.

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Ummmm, now where I have seen that before????!!!!

I guess it must have been fairly common place with "follow-on yards" Boiler makers licence?
 

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