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leggoaft said:
What were the names of Palana & Paringa,when they were Federal SS Co. Ships?
Palana. Maiden voyage in 1937 as Sussex. Transferred to P&O as Palana in 1946 and back to Federal in 1954 as Cambridge.
Paringa. Completed 1936 as Essex. transferred to P&O as Paringa in 1947 and back to Federal in 1955 as Norfolk.

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Very many thanks for that information, I think the "PALANA" was almost lost, having run aground on the Great Barrier Reef Australia ?
 

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Palana did run aground on I think Pine Peak island up in the Barrier Reef area.I was flown to Bombay then passenger Strathmore to Sydney were I joined her at Cockatoo Island.According to my D/Book this was October 52.
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Sussex / Palana / Cambridge.

Very good photo and this text in the Riversea site 26/Jan/06.

1937, 11063grt

John Brown, Clydebank (546) as SUSSEX for P&O, bareboat chartered to Federal S.N. Co.

(has been intended as PAREORA for New Zealand Shipping)

1946 PALANA under P&O control

1954 chartered to Federal again as CAMBRIDGE

Broken up at Sakai, commenced 27/11/1962

http://riversea.tugtalk.co.uk/memories/cambridge1937.htm
 

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KenLin39 said:
Very good photo and this text in the Riversea site 26/Jan/06.

1937, 11063grt

John Brown, Clydebank (546) as SUSSEX for P&O, bareboat chartered to Federal S.N. Co.

(has been intended as PAREORA for New Zealand Shipping)

1946 PALANA under P&O control

1954 chartered to Federal again as CAMBRIDGE

Broken up at Sakai, commenced 27/11/1962

http://riversea.tugtalk.co.uk/memories/cambridge1937.htm
Now reached my 'threescore years and ten' and the picture of PALANA (Cambridge) brings back fond memories of my first trip to sea as a 16 year old Deck Boy. Thanks for the picture,it's downloaded and framed. bjb
 

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Palana was also famous for towing Fernmoor (Runcimans) 2,500 miles across Pacific from south of Rapa Island to Auckland,a trip of 21 days in September/ October 1948 for which her master Captain.F.R.Spur was awarded the Royal Society of Arts award for a deed of outstanding professional merit by a member of the merchant navy. Wonder if two Monrovian or Panamanian registered ships could do same these days!!
 

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Our Staff Captain who was Ch/O of Palana at time of Fernmoor tow told me that Fernmoor was repaired & back to sea,but Palana remained in port quite sometime overhauling engines because of heavy heavy running during tow. KIWI
 
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