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Re: Market Day again..yi
Edited by board administrator August 23, 2019, 9:44 pm
Yes she was a passenger ship built for Shaw Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton. She was launched 27th June 1961 and was completed a year later. Designed as a single class ship for the emigrant trade to Australia & New Zealand.
Accommodation for 1412 x passengers in rather "utility" facilities.
Traded outwards to Australia via Cape Town and returned via the Panama Canal.
The steam turbine engines became uneconomic with the rising costs of fuel.
Poor or inadequate maintenance lead to the engines becoming unreliable.
Too expensive to re-engine & upgrade the accommodation to a cruise ship standard
11/12/1975: Arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking up by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org