Ships used for the Antarctic Service

Ships used for Antarctic service by the Australian Antarctic Division

Information sought 19/11/2018

Member Ray McMahon recently spoke to the OSSA meeting of his early days in Antarctica. Ray was Commander of the 1963 ANARE expedition, and travelled south on the Lauritzen vessel ‘Nella Dan’

He related a short story about taking the first car with an “air-cooled engine” to Antarctica.

This was the famous VW and their HQ in Wolfsburg were delighted to contribute this car. It seems their Marketing Manager thought it was the best possible advertisement, and the only question he asked was “which colour they’d prefer”

Ray has an inexhaustible fund of interesting stories from that era. As part of our Specialist Ship Research we are drawing together the history of the ships used for Antarctic service by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Ray has kindly offered to oversee this work and would greatly appreciate any help others can provide. In particular anyone who has photos or stories of interest please contact Ray.

His contact details will be listed below:

The list of 54 ships used in the Antarctic Research programmes are attached and Ray has compiled these in chronological order to assist anyone who has been onboard one or more and wishes to contribute.

John Connor of P&O has contributed a short video of the Aurora Australis in action and there is a link attached below for anyone interested.

We will also post this link in the 1st Newsletter in due course. Ray’s contact details:

Ray McMahon

Email: raymcmahon369@gmail.com

Mob: 0408 392 365

The Video Link: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/NmQtY84FlmLjKuL

List Of Vessels

HMAS WYATT EARP 1947/48

LST 3501 1947/48

LABUAN 1949/51

HMZS TUTIRA 1948/49

HMS St. AUSTRAL BAY 1949/50

HMAS AUSTRALIA 1949/50

RIVER FITZROY 1950/51

MV NORSEL 1950/51

RV DISCOVERY 2 1950/51

TOTTAN 1951/52 to 1952/53

KISTA DAN 1953/54 to 1956/57

HOLMLEA 1953/54

THALA DAN 1957/58 to 1981/82

MAGGA DAN 1958/59 to 1960/61

NELLA DAN 1961/62 to 1986/87

HMAS QUEENSBOROUGH 1965/66

HMAS PERTH 1966/67

MS EXPLORER 1981/81

MV CAPE PILLAR 1979/80 to 1981/82

NANOOK S 1979/80 to 1983/84

MV St AGULAS 1983/84

MV ICE BIRD 1984/85 1992/93 *

LADY FRANKLYN 1983/84 1988/99

IWS SHIP 1984/85 *

RV AFRICANA 1984/85

HMAS STALWART 1985/86

L’ASTROLABE 1995/96 2009/10

LADY LORRAINE 1987/88

MV ARCTIC SUNRISE 1989/90 1999/2000

POLAR QUEEN 1989/90 1999

AURORA AUSTRALIS 1990

SOREN LARSEN 1991/92

RV KNOX 1994/95

POLAR BIRD 1995/96 2002/03

RV MELVILLE 1996/97

AUSTRAL LEADER 1996/97

SOLO 1997/98

KAPITAN KHLEBNIKOV 1997/98 2002/03

MV POLAR QUEEN 11 1998/99

KAIYO MARU 1999/2000

HAKUHO MARU 2001/02

SHIRASE 1999/00 2000/0 *

RV NATHANIEL B PALMER 1999/2000

TANGAROA 1999/2000 2009/10

SOUTHERN CHAMPION 2000/01

RV POLARSTERN 2007/08 2007/08

AKADEMIC FEDEROV 2007/08

AMDERMA 2008/09

AMATAL EXPLORER 2012/13

UMITAKA MARU 2002/03 2007/08

SOUTHERN SUPPORTER 2003/04

VASILY GOLOVNIN 2004/05

YUZHMOR GEOLLOGIYA 2007/08

Rays mail out Ships used for Antarctic service by the Australian Antarctic Division

https://offshorespecialistships.com/members/antarctic-vessels-rays-list-and-contact-details/

 

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