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PRINCESS ELIZABETH, laid hauling

PRINCESS ELIZABETH, laid hauling

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Went to Port Adelaide and became the SOUTHERN ENDEAVOUR. I did a couple of trips from Adelaide in her and in my time (1960 - 61) she still carried the number H238 on her bow. She was too big and ahead of her time in Port Adelaide and broadly speaking she was a failure there. She next fished out of Eden NSW then went on seismic exploration work on the NSW coast. She became a mother ship in the prawn fishery in Northern Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Finally sunk alongside the quay in Cairns, Queensland in the early 80's. Raised and taken to sea and scuttled off Cairns.
 

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Nice painting, but what a sad end, as is often the way when things are ahead of the times. At least she is doing some good as a reef/dive site. She was a sleek looking vessel. What sort of tonnage would she be?

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Been rumaging in my "Australia box" so since there is a bit of interest I'll just add the following.
Princess Elisabeth H238 - the third ship to carry that name since 1948 -and the smallest at 161 feet overall length and 514 ton Gross.
Built by Cochrane & Sons, Selby for St Andrews Steam Fishing Company in 1952
Became the SOUTHERN ENDEAVOUR in 1959 and steamed from the Humber to Port Adelaide, South Australia in 56 days.
Fished in the Great Australian Bight out of Port Adelaide for two years. Thence out of Eden NSW.
Grounded on Gabo Island NSW with a fouled propeller in October 1962.
!964 and 1965 on seismic survey work NSW and Queensland coast.
Went to Gulf Seafoods of Brisbane as mother ship to the prawn fleet. Towed the former M/V MERINO from Brisbane to the Gulf of Carpentaria for use as a floating ice factory to the prawn fishing in 1973.
Became laid up at Cairns where she sunk at her moorings overnight 20/21st August 1978.
Raised and taken to sea and scuttled on 3rd July 1982. In a position outside the 100 fathom line near the entrance to Grafton Passage, 40 miles east of Cairns with Euston Reef some 5 and a half miles distant. And she lays in company with the Taiwanese stern trawler JINN CHANG (sometimes JINN CHIANG) and the Dutch motor coaster SUMATRA
 

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Thanks Doug, very interesting. Sounds like those Queenslanders are scuttling boats just to build their reef up :))

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Doug, there was another Princess Elizabeth after H238 - she finished up going to South Africa but don't know her ultimate fate.

John T.
 

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Would the Princess Elisabeth you are thinking about, trotterdotpom, be this one?
http://www.fleetwood-fishing-industry.co.uk/2009/02/mv-princess-elizabeth-fd213/

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That's her, DoubleH, Thanks. Wonder if she was scuttled to make a reef or just to get rid of her. Nelson Mandela would have still been locked up on Robben Island then, maybe he saw her go down.

John T.
 

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