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Photographer:Gordy [View profile]Title:NESTORAdded:Feb 17, 2015
Location:Melbourne, Australia
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Over 3000gt)


Built 1913

Blue Funnel Line

14,501 Tons

1950 scrapped.

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NESTOR (3) was built in 1913 by Workman Clark & Co. at Belfast with a tonnage of 14501grt, a length of 563ft 2in, a beam of 68ft 4in and a service speed of 13.5 knots. Costing £248,250 and designed by Henry B Wortley she was launched on 7th December 1912 and commenced her maiden voyage for the Ocean Steam Ship Co. on 19th May 1913. With a general cargo she sailed from Liverpool to Brisbane with calls at Cape Town, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. She arrived back on 19th September after a round trip which lasted four months. In 1949 the same voyage took 5 months 20 days due to inferior coal and labour disputes mainly in Australia. From September 1915 until 1918 she operated as an Australian Expedition Force Transport ferrying troops and resumed commercial service on 22nd April 1920. In 1936 she managed to get a tow line aboard the Australian United's Mungana, which was drifting towards the rocks off Cape Jaffa, with her last rocket. She them towed the disabled ship 170 miles to Adelaide. Her passenger accommodation was reduced from 350 to 250 in 1940 and in the same year she was requisitioned for government service. She continued to operate on the Liverpool - Brisbane route and on the first sailings carried children who being evacuated to Australia. She commenced her final voyage to Australia on 23rd December 1949 and on 8th August 1950 arrived at Faslane where she was broken up by Metal Industries Ltd. During her career she competed 68 round voyages, steamed 2,111,607 miles and was commanded by T. Bartlett, R. D. (Daddy) Owen, G. K. Houghton, W. Christie, F. Adcock, J. J. Power, J. H. Blythe and E. W. Powell.

Photo Credits: The Late Allan Green Collection Vic Australia

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Gordy on Feb 18, 2015 02:48 (4 years ago)
One of those classic Woodbine blue funnel ships.
Dеnis on Feb 17, 2015 20:46 (4 years ago)
That's one proud funnel there!
PHa on Feb 17, 2015 19:39 (4 years ago)
Only one blue funnel, but probably she had the biggest (80 foot high). A real workhorse workman-built. Thanks for posting, Gordy! Regards Peter
Mr. DOT on Feb 17, 2015 06:00 (4 years ago)
the classic blue funnel look was a bit severe, but a nice post! mrdot.
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