Adelaide Steamship Co, MV Moonta, later MV Lydia

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MV Lydia

 “Casino Le Lydia.”


A fine view of Lydia or “Casino Le Lydia” from the sea

Provided by Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès – see the bottom of page for a link to their page


Page Two

“Casino Le Lydia” Photo Page


Please Note: Photographs of the Ex MV Moonta, & Lydia, currently the “Casino le Lydia” located in France were provided by Mr. Stanley Evans, Newcastle Australia and Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès,” unless noted otherwise.

If you have arrived at this page via a search engine and not via Page One being this ship’s history Page and I strongly suggest that you read that page first, for it contains all her information as the delightful Australian small passenger liner MV Moonta and later she became the Greek liner renamed the Lydia. That is followed with her sale to a French company who had a long lasting plan for this ship, and there are details of her refit and how this once fine ocean going passenger liner became land or better said, a sand locked vessel on the Mediterranean coast of France.

Be assured Page One is a worthwhile read - Enter theMV Moonta-Lydia Story HERE.

A view of the Lydia from the driveway to the car park

Provided by Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès



Above & below: The bow of the once proud ex MV Moonta now the Lydia proudly sits above the sands of France!

Provided by Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès



A starboard bow view of the ship


And here is an excellent view of her stern


Here see the main entrance to the vessel via her main Lobby

Provided by Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès


As you enter you will soon discover the beautifully timbered staircase heading up to Promenade Deck


And here we are upstairs and looking down


Here we see just a small area of the lounge that is so much larger and a popular venue at night, as it is also the ships Disco


This is the very popular Café


And here is one of the ships Dining Rooms lined with beautiful Australian timbers


And here is the more spacious Dining Room complete with a Bar


Looking from her bow aft to her Bridge and general superstructure


Here we are heading aft along the port side


And another view looking back to forward and the Bridge wing and her foremast


Overlooking her aft decks


And far aft we find her original secondary steering wheel


From the aft poop Deck we look back over the Promenade deck below and the original Sports deck


As we can see her visitors can walk all around the vessel

Provided by Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès


Remembering the Original 1931 Australian Liner, MV Moonta


Here we see the delightful Moonta with a tug

Photographer is unknown, Please see photo notes at the bottom of the page


For Photographs that are marked Le Lydia, à Port-Barcarès”

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I hereby wish to show my sincere gratitude for the use of these photographs!


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