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Rockhampton Star

A May 1980 view of Newhaven's deep sea quay with Blue Star Line's Rockhampton Star prominent. She was built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead in 1958, was 9,847 gr tons and a great looker.

The Argentinean SD14 coming to terms with the container age is ELMA's Jujuy II and the French Channel Ferry loadi

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The local Brighton newspaper used to report the ships at Newhaven. On one occasion the "Rockhampton Star" was listed as the "Rock Hudson Star".
 

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Rocky was famous, or infamous down here. She once sniffed the bottom while being towed in and parked herself diagonally across the 'narrows', blocking the harbour for a while until the tug pulled her back into line.

The local papers still do that sort of thing, purserj, but not so often these days as I usually act as their 'Newhaven harbour correspondent'. They once asked me if I could revive the weekly 'Harbour Jottings' column. I said I'd be happy to - if they could arrange for something to happen each week that was worth writing about! The port's heyday, as pictured here, is sadly a distant memory.

Speaking of memories, the Our Newhaven website at www.ournewhaven.org.uk keeps these alive. Could I ask permission to add this photo to one of my East Quay 'Full House' pages please, Tommy?
 

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Nice photo TommyRob, thanks. Good byline for you Meechingman - "Nothing of importance happened in the port today"! Tongue in cheek of course.
 

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They certainly did, China hand. We had a lot of them here back in the port's heyday. Mind you, Rocky is looking a little worse for wear in this photo. Most of the Stars were almost immaculate.

Many thanks, TommyRob.
 

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