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Photographer:Chris Howell [View profile]Title:GABRIELLAAdded:Oct 15, 2011
Captured:February 11, 1983IMO:7333901Hits:2,128
Location:Auckland, New Zealand
Photo Category: Heavy Lift Vessels
Auckland NZ

She made three trips to Auckland 1983-1984

assisted by tug Daldy
Built 1977

Built 1974
1214 GRT
capsized Port Kembla 14.8.86 (2crew lost*) & scuttled 30nm offshore 9.12.86
Vessel Identification
Technical Data
Vessel type:Heavy Load Carrier
Gross tonnage:1,327 tons
Summer DWT:2,355 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1974
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Piet on Sep 13, 2012 18:38 (6 years ago)
Hi Jim,
Just to put a few things straight. Two people survived the tragedy, the captain and I (2nd officer). The ship was in ballast, no locomotives. We were on our way from Algiers to Toronto to pick up a 2nd load of diesel-electric locomotives. We had finished our first of 3 trips with locomotives for Algiers. The Gabriella sank alongside in Port Kembla and killed another two people, surveyors, not crew this time. She was re-floated and scuttled a few miles out of Port Kembla.


Jim MacKelvie on Oct 15, 2011 19:00 (7 years ago)
Thanks for posting Chris,
...sends a shiver up my spine. I was newly at sea in 1976 when the Gabriella was towed in to St John's Newfoundland and tied up beside the ship I was on. The crew had had abandoned in a liferaft...all were lost if I remember correctly. The load of locomotives had shifted causing an extreme list, however, the cargo was restowed and secured and a new crew took the vessel on its way.

This past August I piloted the Jumbo Spirit, the Captain of which had been a Cadet on the Gabriella, and he filled me in on the ship's ultimate fait. I haven't thought of the ship much over the last 35 years and twice in 2 months kit has come up.

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