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The M.V. Moonta at Port Hughes Jetty
Title : The M.V. Moonta at Port Hughes Jetty The M.V. Moonta at Port Hughes Jetty
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Date of creation : ca. 1932
Format : Photograph
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The M.V. Moonta at Port Hughes jetty. Built in 1931, the Moonta operated the Gulf Trip from 1931 to 1955.

The Adelaide Steamship Company operated the popular Gulf Trip for 50 years, adding the MV Moonta to the service in 1931 until 1955. The Gulf Trip was one of the most popular South Australian holiday tours popular with families and honeymooners. Moonta is the best remembered of the several ships which operated on the Gulf Trip, which in addition to passengers, carried cargo.

The ship usually visited Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie, leaving Port Adelaide on Saturday and returning on Friday morning. Tours would be arranged in each of the towns in addition to the relaxation and entertainment offered on board ship. Good meals and service, comfortable accommodation, deck games, swimming pool and fancy dress dances provided all the ingredients for a romantic holiday. Life partners were met, honeymoons taken and anniversaries celebrated aboard the Moonta and her sister ships Rupara and Paringa.

The Moonta was built by Burmeister & Wain of Copenhagen in Denmark in 1931. She arrived in Adelaide in November of that year and made her last run of the Gulf Trip in January 1955. At 2,693 tons gross, Moonta carried 150 passengers was 288 feet long and had a cruising speed of 12.5 knots.

Related names :

Moonta (Ship)
Port Hughes Jetty

Period : 1927-1939
Place : Port Hughes
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

The Gulf trip edited by Dieuwke Jessop Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: S.A. Maritime Museum, 1988

About the Gulf trip [Adelaide]: Adelaide Steamship Coy. Ltd., [1907?]

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