hello i am new here i build ship models and i like the new zealand pacific class those 5 ships the only one left now is the ex australian venture.just wondering were there is photos of these ships beening scrapped or in dry dock...cheers matt (Thumb)
The New Zealand Pacific was the same class as the ACT 7 I sailed on many voyages 1982/6 and I took some photos of her in Drydock at the builders yard Vegasack near Bremen. On of the photos is on the Blue Star website
hello yes i did see that site maybe you can help me do you have a stern photo of her in drydock?????i have been looking round for ages but nothing if you have can you put here on the site or email me.she is the same hull as aussie venture anyway.i think there nice looking ships but they are all gone the 4 of them anyway the aussie venture now msc nuria is still here for now cheers matt
I hope you have received the photos I have forwarded to you. ( If someone can tell me how to make my JPEG files smaller I will post on site). The propellers shown had just been fitted as part of fuel economy measures, originally she was 25000 Shp on each shaft but during this drydock along with changing the propellers and turboblowers the Shp was downrated to 12500 on each shaft. The service speed dropped from around 24 knots to around 20 knots but the fuel aved was considerable, if my memory serves me correctly it dropped from approx 150 tons to around 100 tons per 24 hours (I defer to anyone who has more accurate info). After this drydock we sailed through the English channel to do a series of engine trials off Lyme Bay which included measured miles turning circles and emergency stop, during which were called up on the VHF by a Royal Navy frigate asking if we were experiencing some difficulties, which did'nt go down to well on the bridge. After we returned to load for our usual route.
The usual route during this time was Tilbury (Northfleet) Hamburg - Rotterdam - Melbourne via Cape of Good Hope and depending on time of year we would go truncated great circle near Heard and Kergulen islands (summer southern hemisphere) -Sydney (Botany Bay) - Auckland -Wellington and either Lyttelton or Port Chalmers - Flushing or Zeebrugge via Cape Horn - Tilbury.
Thanks for the info Mike.
Must have been a sad day for the crew that left them there, although I'm sure they gave them a good send off in the crew's bars on their final night aboard...
Resolution was my first ship!
I sailed on the maiden voyage of the Mairangi Bay. In fact I was the first person to raise the OCL house flag on her in the Bremer Vulkan shipyard. Although I left the MN many years ago, I was saddened when I read about her sailing to the breakers yard. It makes you feel old when you realise that every ship that you sailed on has now been scrapped!
"Australian Venture" was my last ship. Amazed to hear that she is still sailing. I remember the Chief Engineer telling me he always breathed a sigh of relief after rounding Cape Horn and getting abeam of Buenos Aires - never needed it, but he felt help was at hand. She'd had her ups and downs.
The trip was a barrel of laughs for me.
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