iain, the townsville was a great ship topsides,but a bit of a disaster down below,i joined her mid 1961,at swan hunters,she had just had 5 months rebuild of one of her engines,i think it had gone kaput off the aussie coast,i was a.b.and we had a great time on her,I sailed on Port Townsville 1964/65 as Junior engineer. whilst on east coast of USA Main Engine main bearings failed. Had to be towed in to Newport News dockyard for repairs.
hey terry my father worked for port line as a 4 & 3 engineer from 64 till 67 his name was william (billy or bill) maxwell was wondering if u knew him ??????I was with Port Line for some time ( 7 Years I think ) Port Pirie. Port Auckland. Port Maquarie. Port Nicholson. Port Wellington. Port Napier. Port Invercargill. Port New Plymouth. Port Victor. Scythia. Andania. ( Charter ).1964-1970, Some of the best days of my life.