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Keppel Harbour from the Sentosa cable-car - 1985.

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The white ship on the right must be the livestock carrier ETAIWI-1, converted from the Argentinean passenger liner ALBERTO DODERO. In August 1985 she went to Kaohsiung to be scrapped.
What about the white ship on the left?
 

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Aristo, agreed. She is the ''Etaiwi 1", ex ''Alberto Dodero''. Laid up in Singapore Roads from 28 September 1983. I'd suggest she was being prepared for her trip to the breakers, by Keppel, at this time ?
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20A/slides/Alberto%20Dodero-01.html
Vessel on left in foreground appears to be Singapore Navy, designated 'Medium Landing Ship' (ex US Navy WW2 Landing Ship, Tank) - two were known to be in existence at that time, 1985.
L202 'Excellence' ex LST 629 and
L203 'Intrepid' ex LST 579.
Both built in 1944 and rebuilt in 1975. However the pennant number aft seems to read 'L200' or 'L209' of which, I can find no trace, at present.
Still searching for that white survey ship in the background.
Regards, Rick
 

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A Cable ship of some description, perhaps one of the Cable & Wireless fleet?
 

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Jim, now that I have put my specs on I can see the bow sheaves. Damn , how I hate being unobservant! Thanks for putting me straight!
It is the Cable and Wireless vessel ''Retriever' which arrived Singapore Roads on Feb 27 1985 and remained in port for most of the year.
I snapped her at Fiji in 1981, here:-
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=48758&nocache=1
and a better profile of her, here:-
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20R/slides/Retriever-03.html
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Ship on the right in the foreground quay is a 'Beaver' cutter suction dredger vessel. Possibly of the Dutch Van Oord's company. Very similar to this :-
http://www.ihcholland.com/fileadmin/do***ents/Company/zeeland_ii.pdf
The ship in the middle is a standard type of Japanese fishing ship built approximately between the mid 1960's and late 1970's , many by Niigata Engineering. I'll give you half the name and you give the other half ! '' -- Maru'' (==D)
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Rick - had a look at the slide and the pennant number on the MLS is 203. The slides are dated March 1985, so I must have been there just after Retreiver arrived.
 

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TB, thanks very much indeed for clarifying that! Glad I wasn't barking up the wrong tree, so we can confirm that it is the Singapore Navy's distinguished old timer 'RSS L203 Intrepid'.
Built as the ''LST-579'' and was laid down on 4 May 1944 at Evansville, Indiana by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Mary Ellen Bonk; and commissioned on 21 July 1944, Lt. Hugh B. Severs, USNR, in command.
During World War II, LST-579 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings—November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing—January 1945 Mindanao Island landings—March and April 1945 Balikpapan operation—June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-579 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. She was decomissioned on 24 February 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she operated as USNS LST-579.
LST-579 earned four battle stars for World War II.
Following World War II LST-579 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946 and was decommissioned on 24 February 1946.
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) on 31 March 1952 and placed in service as ''USNS LST-579''.
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
Transferred to Singapore in 1976, named RSS Intrepid (L-203).
De-commissioned from the Singapore Navy on November 22 2000 and towed away for demolition but I am unable to find out where.
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Aristo, agreed. She is the ''Etaiwi 1", ex ''Alberto Dodero''. Laid up in Singapore Roads from 28 September 1983. I'd suggest she was being prepared for her trip to the breakers, by Keppel, at this time ?
Vessel on left in foreground appears to be Singapore Navy, designated 'Medium Landing Ship' (ex US Navy WW2 Landing Ship, Tank) - two were known to be in existence at that time, 1985.
L202 'Excellence' ex LST 629 and
L203 'Intrepid' ex LST 579.
Both built in 1944 and rebuilt in 1975. However the pennant number aft seems to read 'L200' or 'L209' of which, I can find no trace, at present.
Still searching for that white survey ship in the background.
Regards, Rick
The LST in the picture is L204 Resolution (US LST 649). She was docked for repairs in 1985. My ship, L203 Intrepid was docked for refit at the same yard in 1987.
 

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