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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


                                                      Photo Credits: Clive Fisher

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British Shell Tanker 'H' Class

Photo Credits: Don Ross Collection
Entering Port Adelaide Outer Harbor

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This vessel, a British Shell Tanker was a very good job, she went to a multitude of ports, was comfortable and a black oil tanker. Anyone who has worked on tankers back in the old days liked the black oil tankers rather than the white spirits vessels, simply because the valves etc were easy to turn and every thing worked very freely as per on the others the lubrication dried up and consequently the valves were much more difficult to rotate.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

GORDY with my lady MOGGY

Pacific Grove California
A nice day out around the Monterey Peninsular visiting a monastery at Carmel and other historical sites including Cannery Row, the famous Sardine company
of the 1800's


Moored at North Parade close to the Birkenhead Bridge

Nelcebee up on Central Slip

Coming through the Birkenhead bridge

The Nelcebee steaming past number 10 berth Port Adelaide


The Nelcebee is purported to be one of the oldest vessels in the world. I stand to be corrected on that but I have heard it said from good sources that the Nelcebee is the third oldest vessel of her kind still in operation.


The Falie at no. 10 berth

Photo Credits: Adelaide Archivist Flickr
The Falie at her berth North Parade Port Adelaide

The Falie going through the Birkenhead bridge with the Nelcebee and
the Ulonga in the backround at North Parade


The Falie was an old Ketch built in Holland in 1921 but was transformed a number of times during its lifetime and to date is still operating albeit a part of the Ketch preservation Society at Port Adelaide.

I was privileged to spend some time on here back in the early 1970's on the KI run as well as the Stenhouse Bay Gypsum trade. All good experiences for me and I wouldn't have swapped that for all the tea in China.



Ulonga as a paddlewheeler and before conversion to a ketch

Steaming past the Duntroon

Ketch Ulonga unloading bag grain at Tragedy Dock (no.2 dock)
Port Adelaide

The Ulonga towing the Nelcebee home after a mishap
off Glenelg Sth. Australia

The Ulonga full steam down the gulf to Kangaroo Island

I worked on the Ulonga as a crew member for two years, it was an old converted Murray River Paddle wheeler and came to Port Adelaide in 1949 to start a new career servicing the out ports in the South Australian Gulfs.

Most of the time it ran between Port Adelaide and Kingscote Kangaroo Island and did many grain trips across the St Vincent Gulf . The Ulonga also did trips around the bottom of York Peninsular where she loaded Gypsum at Stenhouse Bay for the Plaster Works in old Port Misery.

She eventually sank a few mile off Second Valley after springing a plank in her keel area (red gum planking).

"Baggy Bill" Webster was her main skipper (owner Skipper for a long time) but when she sank Skug Cutler was the Skipper with Reginald Murch as the Engineer.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Photo Credits: L. REX

Photo Credits: Don Ross Collection

She did a few trips to Japan, Hong Kong and I think if I remember to the US as well. Very uncomfortable in the crews accomodation, hot as hell.


Contemplating the day on the poop of the Mount Kembla

Photo Credits: Don Ross Colletions
The Mount Kembla as the Regional Endeavour, converted to
an oil survey vessel.She is shown here laying off on anchor off
Outer Harbor Port Adelaide. Barney Ellis was Bosun when I was on her.

Photo Credits: Clive Fisher
The Mount Kembla about to go under the Sydney Harbor Bridge

The "Mount Kembla" was built in Whyalla in 1960 and was run and operated by the Australian National Line. It was on the black and tan run from Whyalla, Port Kembla and Newcastle most of its life till it was sold to an Oil Exploration Co. and was renamed the "Regional Endeavour" and then to just the "Endeavour"