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As Founder and President of the
Save the Classic Liners Campaign
I am proud to present a very special Australian ship for preservation
Cape Don and the ex
Photograph © mvcapedonsociety.org.au
Like the famed historic Sydney Harbour ferry, the MS Baragoola, which I strongly support in saving and preserving, and I am now adding the delightful 1963 built MV Cape Don, which is a unique all Australian vessel that should, and must be retained at all costs!
The MV Cape Don is under the tender care of the
excellent MV Cape Don Society Inc and she is
berthed at Balls Head Drive in Waverton, Sydney located just
forward of the Baragoola. I highly suggest that you visit their
excellent webpage at www.mvcapedonsociety.org.au
and read all about this fascinating ship, including their news
updates and view the many photographs online of her interiors and
exteriors. These photographs cover her throughout the years at
sea as well as in ports around the country and as she is today.
Although thanks to Mr. Warwick Riddle who is the curator of the
MV Cape Don was built at the Newcastle State Dockyards, NSW, and completed in January 1963, one of a unique class of ships purpose-built to service navigational aids (including manned lighthouses) around Australia, thus she was part of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service.
To fulfil these tasks, she was built as a mini-liner, with excellent passenger accommodation necessary to carry officials, technicians, relief lighthouse crews and their families, at times for prolonged periods at sea. She is powered by a 5-cylinder Australian Polar M65T diesel engine developing 2,000 BHP at 250 RPM, driving a 4-blade, 5 tonne Kamewa controllable pitch propeller, 9.2 ft (2.75 m) in diameter. For cargo handling she is equipped with one Clark Chapman electric crane SWL 12.5 ton (12.7 metric tonnes).
is an excellent postcard of the MV Cape Don seen at Broome
This postcard was kindly provided by Andrew Mackinnon
Above Image: The MV Cape Don is seen
during low tide sitting on the mud which was quite a regular
occurrence in this port and ships of the Blue Funnel lines such
as the one seen alongside being the passenger cargo liner SS
Gorgon or the SS Charon has hardened steel bottoms to cope. Their
later ship the popular MV Centaur also had a strengthened hull to
cope with having to sit on the mud at several ports on the
Western Australian ports. The photograph was obviously taken
sometimes between Feb 1963 when the
of the MV
Having been long retired, the MV Cape Don Society is now responsible for restoring this superb ship and they will be setting up a museum on board her to tell the story of her many years of dedicated service. The MV Cape Don Society has thankfully received a great deal of assistance from AMSA, as well as past crewmembers and the public who have donated artefacts, uniforms and a great number of photographs, etc. The museum will be set up on board the ship after the restoration has been completed inside.
Most images below were provided by Mr. Warwick Riddle
The ships Bridge as seen today
The passenger smoke room
The Dinning Saloon
The engine room control platform
The propeller shaft
The ships workshop
The delightful MV Cape Don is seen here at her current berth at Balls Head, Sydney in 2010
The MV Cape Don NEEDS YOUR HELP Right NOW, and I ask for all ship lovers to give a hand, be it by the means of assisting be it by the providing a donation, via their website, or assisting as a volunteer and be assured that you will be made most welcome!
Click the IMAGE above to enter - http://mvcapedonsociety.org.au.
Photographer unknown - *Please see photo notes at the bottom of page
Please Visit the www.mvcapedonsociety.org.au pages!
I wish to thank you for your support and I know
that the hard working volunteers of the MV Cape Don
Society Inc will be more than grateful!
I wish to thank you for your support and I know that the hard working volunteers of the MV Cape Don Society Inc will be more than grateful!
Maritime Historian & Author
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Ocean Mist cruising out of
1914 built MV Doulos, now named Doulos Phos she is based
She is now a
MV Mona Lisa ex Kungsholm
built in 1966 is now a hotel in
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bow shot of the
Photograph © mvcapedonsociety.org.au
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