1961 - 2003
1,995 tons, 582 net.
Lbd: 291'6" x 50'1" x 13'1".
Built by Evans, Deakin & Co Ltd., Brisbane as a passenger cargo vehicle ship servicing Port adelaide and the Gulf ports. Service speed of 14.5 knots.
She came under the Adelaide Steamship (Operations) Ltd., a subsidiary company of Adelaide Steamship Co. Finally sold outright to the South Australian government 1972 ending 90 plus years of coastal shipping services by the Adelaide Steamship Company. She became a joint venture between R.W. Miller and Co., and the South Australian Government Roads Department on equal shareholdings of 50% each.
Worked the Port Adelaide - Kangaroo Island - Port Lincoln service. This was a very profitable ferry service and 'iconic' to many locals. Replaced by the "Island Seaway" 1st June 1987. The partnership between R.W. Miller and Co., and the South Australian Government Roads Department continued on the earlier basis and shareholding.
At this date the R.W. Miller and Co., had become a 100% subsidiary of Howard Smith Ltd. Since she went to Malta, 1990 and renamed City of Famagusta. Later European Seaways as the European Glory. Then Poseidon Lines, as the Sea Wave.
1995 Turkey interests as the Karden. 2003 possibly under charter to Gibraltar Lines renamed Marwa, registered in North Korea
Information supplied by John Hoskin: http://www.flotilla-australia.com/
Photo Credits: The William T Barber collection
I spent 6 years on this lovely little vessel and rejoined her 4 times...great little ship, she spent the latter years of her life (from 1987 to 2004) in the Mediteranean.
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