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Wyuna

What about some of those vessels from Launceston Maritime College. The "Wyuna"?? wasn't she one of those vessels roaming the coast of OZ?
I have plenty of photos of her as well as also looked after some of her drydockings in Launceston.
Besides I probably have the one and only and most beautiful real painting of this vessel when she was still orange. Painted in 1977.
I only know her from 1980's onwards with a dark blue topside.
 

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You mentioned the "Wyuna" was she built in Ferguson's in Port Glasgow? or are you aware of her origin. When she was built I was working on a tug for Aussie the "Woona" in the yard next door J. Lamonts I think this was around 1953-54. When we were doing trials the Royal Yacht "Britannia" was also doing trials, made both of us look like we were stopped.
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Yes I do remember the Wyuna and if my memory serves me right she was actually the Radio Relay vessel for the Sydney Hobart yacht race for a couple of years. I know I have been on her but at this point of time I cannot remember anything about her and nothing of her origins altho by the time she got to the Maritime Museum I think she was second hand at least..must have been memorable in all respects eh??. I remember the Rig Seismic as well, used to do a lot of comms with her...however back to the Cape Grafton and the second topic..after the livestock issue!!......my memory tells me there were two or three lighthouse tenders through the 70's and early eighties but I cant remember the names..will have a look thru some old stuff and try and come up with the names, at least if I still have the right old stuff..need a bigger house and more walls to keep all of the memorabilia!!.
 

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Wyuna

Correct. Built 1952, delivered 1953 by Ferguson Glasgow.
length 208 ft , beam 39 ft , draft 14 ft , GRT 1400, 13.8 knots.
Alongside Beauty Point North Launceston as a training vessel for Launceston Maritime College.
She goes out to sea at regular times.
Hereby some photos which I took during her docking at Launceston Shiplift March 1993. Saw her at sea in Tassie waters last year .
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The WYUNA is listed in my Lloyds Register of 1972-73 as being a Pilot Tender and owned by the Port Phillip Sea Pilots. (Which is Melbourne for those amongst us who are far away and don't have a clue where Port Phillip is)
Built 1953 by Ferguson Brothers at Port Glasgow and is of 1,304grt on dimensions of 208' 7" x 39' 1" x 15' 0". Quite a substantial ship for a Pilot tender. Attached are two photos I took in 1996 - not the best I'm afraid as it was impossible to get close to the WYUNA for a decent photo.
 

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research vessels

An excellent site is: http://www.researchvessels.org/qryshipinfo.asp

Here you have an overview of all current research vessels around Australia.
Cape Pillar is listed here but I think she was sold for scrap.

Cape Moreton - what happened ???

Cape Don - there is a society in Sydney who wants to restore this old rust bucket:www.mvcapedonsociety.org.au

Iknew the ships as they were always moored in Brisbane, they were built beginning 60's.
 

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Another ship in the AMC fleet is the former collier STEPHEN BROWN. Owned by J. & A. Brown And Abermain Seaham Colleries Ltd., she was engaged in the trade between Newcastle and Sydney carrying coal from the time of her build until her retirement. (Anyone know when?)
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Built 1954 by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen. 1,464grt. 253' 6" x 40' 2" x 14' 6".

Photos taken by me show her at her berth at the AMC College, Beauty Point in 1996.
 

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On my many trips in and out of Melbourne in the fifties, the Wyuna was the pilot vessel we frequently met up with. I have a photo taken in 1956 which I'll scan next week and post - only forty years before yours David! Doug H.
 

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flyer682 said:
Another ship in the AMC fleet is the former collier STEPHEN BROWN. Owned by J. & A. Brown And Abermain Seaham Colleries Ltd., she was engaged in the trade between Newcastle and Sydney carrying coal from the time of her build until her retirement. (Anyone know when?)
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Built 1954 by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen. 1,464grt. 253' 6" x 40' 2" x 14' 6".

Photos taken by me show her at her berth at the AMC College, Beauty Point in 1996.
David, same thing in mind, here is my picture of same, taken April 2004.
 

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Doug H said:
On my many trips in and out of Melbourne in the fifties, the Wyuna was the pilot vessel we frequently met up with. I have a photo taken in 1956 which I'll scan next week and post - only forty years before yours David! Doug H.
Showing your age now Doug H. ..........mmmmm.(don't worry, we are all in the same boat).
did you see my beautiful photos taken during one of the drydockings??

I think they must have sandblasted and painted the exterior hull many times over during the years in service, wonder if any steel is left.....
 

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Wyuna

Now , here is arguably the most beautiful and very original painting of the WYUNA.
Painted in 1977 when the vessel had her original orange topside by Ragnar Ramsjadius (sounds Swedish) of Melbourne, and no I am not telling you where I live.
Picture taken tonight and you all must agree: Beaueaueaueautiful.

I took a photo of the vessel when she was sailing in Tasmanian waters last year April, cannot find it now, so keep looking.
I have many more photos which I took during some drydockings if you are interested.


And....oh yea.... the painting is not for sale.

"The "Wyuna" uses proper coats of Antifouling"
 

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Jan Hendrik said:
Now , here is arguably the most beautiful and very original painting of the WYUNA.
Painted in 1977 when the vessel had her original orange topside by Ragnar Ramsjadius (sounds Swedish) of Melbourne, and no I am not telling you where I live.
Picture taken tonight and you all must agree: Beaueaueaueautiful.

I took a photo of the vessel when she was sailing in Tasmanian waters last year April, cannot find it now, so keep looking.
I have many more photos which I took during some drydockings if you are interested.


And....oh yea.... the painting is not for sale.

"The "Wyuna" uses proper coats of Antifouling"

So does this mean the picture has anti fouling as well??..no no only joking!!.
I wonder how often she puts to sea these days??, the last I heard of the Maritime College was that it had scaled a lot of its courses and activities back??
 

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Wyuna

You find much better photos under "Shipments of livestock" , here you scroll down and find the pics on this vessel. We sort of got off the subject on livestock here, perhaps you can restore it and transfer all pics and stories about Cape Grafton and Wyuna to this particular site??

Hereby some bonus photos of this ship, I got another hundred having attended I think 3 drydockings in Launceston with this ship (or my colleagues at the time).

Also somebody mentioned the Aurora Australis.
I have seen this ship built at Carrington Slipways Newcastle and have attended subsequent drydockings.
Could make a special site on her as I have about 1000 photos of the construction, delivery and dockings of this ship with ice class plating.

"you must use Antifouling, otherwise you lose speed and increase fuel usage"
 

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Jan H: The link you gave to researchvessels doesn't seem to work. Doug H
Yes odd, I had it the first time.
Go to www.researchvessels.org
here you can choose.

Further the CAPE GRAFTON has been renamed into SOUTHERN SUPPORTER some 2 years ago (forgot to mention) and also they have the SOUTHERN SURVEYOR which is a converted trawler, both vessels are working for the CSRIO of Australia, and also they had the Franklin , the latter I attended dockings too, but have no photos here. Have to find out.
Don't know what happened to the FRANKLIN as she must be pretty old by now. Was always painted light blue, later dark blue in line with the other ships.
Hereby some pics (not mine) of these two vessels, the SUPPORTER is still painted orange but that may have already changed to blue, otherwise it will be done next docking.
 

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Jan H: In the relatively short time that you have been a Member of this site (one month), you have, in my opinion, made a significant contribution based on a career around so mahy ships. I'm sure ther are others besides me who are really pleased that you took so many photos and that you are so willing to share them with us. - Thanks, Doug H
 

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Doug H said:
Jan H: In the relatively short time that you have been a Member of this site (one month), you have, in my opinion, made a significant contribution based on a career around so mahy ships. I'm sure ther are others besides me who are really pleased that you took so many photos and that you are so willing to share them with us. - Thanks, Doug H
Thanks for your nice words Doug, this site is all about sharing info between people who have an interest in shipping and like yourself so many of us has some sort of relationship with the maritime business which is an exciting industry.
Also like yourself I live in Melbourne (Ivanhoe) since 1979 but had a career of 39 yrs with same company in 3 countries and was a ship's agent in Rotterdam from the very start, so boarded hundreds or thousands of vessels during my working career, however, never sailed.

I still have heaps of material I could share, will do in due course and as questions arise.

Only one point I like to make on this site.
If we do not pay proper attention then we may go the same path as Groninger Kustvaart (see that site) i.e. threads become a mess and the info is all over the place.
I suggest our moderators are putting things back in order and they may decide that new threads could only start with them after a request as for the moment anyone who wants to start a thread of some kind, can do so.

There is a lot of overlapping info which can be avoided. We have a thread called "special purpose vessels incl cable laying vsl, research etc." and now the info on research vessels has gone in totally different direction (partly myself to blame).

There is a thread about "Modern Cruise Ships", "Historic Lines and Ships" and "The Great Ocean Liners" and I noticed that it has become a mix up of postings.
Best is that e.g. "The Great Ocean Liners until 1985's "(or something of that nature) Then "Modern Cruise ships as from 1985."

Then Ferries, when is a ferry a ferry , do these include Ro/Ro's?? (guess when they take people YES, if they do not take people NO (?), small ferries (taking 20 people) /large ferries(taking 1000 people), so perhaps an idea to sort it out before we get the system running out of hand.

This is just a friendly observation by the way as the site is very well set up and a lot of time was spent by the moderators and administrators.
Thanks
Jan
 
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