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SOUTHERN QUEST

Lyttelton NZ
17/1/1985

She arrived 16/1/1985 and sailed 27/1/1985 for Port Chalmers/Dunedin NZ for three days 28-30/1985.

From there she went to the Ross Sea for a private expedition 'Footsteps of Scott'.

She returned to Lyttelton in April 1985 , then onto Auckland and Sydney for layup.

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Around about the late 70's early 80's there were a few ex Grimsby vessels that headed out your way complete with crews. Did any of them settle down there at all?
Just wondering if you have a large 'Grimmy' ex pat community kicking around although I would expect a lot of them would be retired now or at least heading towards it.
 

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She didn't hit anything Torrens, she was crushed in pack ice. The crew spent many hours trying to free her but when the pressure finally became too much, she sank very quickly, in 20 minutes.
I think it was the 11th January that she sank, 1986 but will have to check the actual day.
 

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Thanks I couldn't find her actual date of sinking, thought it was December 1985.

Your date is correct according to Last Port to Antartica, a book by Ian Church.
 

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Hadn't she been ice strengthened?

Love the beer barrel on the mast!(==D)
 

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There were three came out to Albany mid 70tie's Saxon Onward -Saxon Progress-& one other memory lapse. They were to take the place
of whaling, they were not successful. However the Onward&Progress are still working out of Hobart & Portland Onward was involved in a
docco on an expedition to Heard is She towed Cheynes II back to Albany "The Ship That Shouldn't Have"
 

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Try this link http://aso.gov.au/titles/do***entries/ship-shouldnt-have/clip2/ hope i got that right.
 

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Shane, Saxon Ranger also came Downunder. She was eventually scuttled off Rockingham, near Fremantle, for use by divers (2005). There's a bit on her on the site somewhere.

There are quite a few photos of S. Onward in the Gallery - unrecognisable from her Grimsby days, rebuilt from the waterline up! I saw her in Portland, Victoria, a few months ago and had a yarn with one of the deckies. My nephew in Portland has spent a fair while working on her south of Tasmania.

John T.
 

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