Austral Rainbow, LASH ship, photographed at anchor at Diego Garcia in autumn of 1992, painted in Central Gulf Lines livery. Both cargo cranes are shown in positions when secured for sea.
Note the two tug boats stowed on the stern, for use in maneuvering the barges when in the water, an unusual f
SS Austral Rainbow at Diego Garcia, 1992.
LASH ship, originally built in 1971 as China Bear.
Sold to Farrell Lines 1975 and renamed Austral Rainbow. Sold to Central Gulf 1990. Scrapped 2000.
From 1981 on, the Austral Rainbow operated as an ammunition ship, pre-positioned at Diego Garcia in the I