Port Line operated some handsome units and looking back I am a little surprised at how large some of them were. Here the Port New Plymouth is in London's KGV Dry Dock. Built in 1960 by Swan Hunter on The Tyne she was 13,925 gr tons.
MV Port New Plymouth in superb condition sailing down Dunedin Harbour fully loaded for the United Kingdom on the 2/4/1971.
Built 1960 by Swan Hunter 13085 GRT
1979 renamed Plymouth and made one trip as such to Far East and thence to Kaohsiung for scrapping later in 1979.
Looks like she's just arrived and ready for action. Always thought she looked quite huge, compared with earlier ships in Port Line.
Port New Plymouth
Built: 1960: Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Wallsend
Owners: Port Line Ltd
1979: Broken up Kaohsiung.
"Port New Plymouth" waiting in the Suez Canal for the north-bound convoy to clear. We were first ship in the south-bound convoy with her astern and it looks like numeral '2' she is flying. Tanker astern is "Dovrefjell", don't recall the others.
Built 1960 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson of Newcastle.
13,085 grt. Service speed of 18 knots.
In May 1967 she carried, as an experiment, a single container to Melbourne. We all know the outcome of that!
During 1979 she was sold to Tex-Dilan Shipping Co. of Panama and renamed "Plymouth