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Rockhampton Star at Outer Harbor
Title : Rockhampton Star at Outer Harbor Rockhampton Star at Outer Harbor
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Creator : Wenmouth, Bernice M.; photographer
Source : The Wenmouth Collection : Outer Harbour
Date of creation : ca. 1977
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The 'Rockhampton Star' berthed at Outer Harbor

Rockhampton Star was a refrigerated cargo ship with the Blue Star Line. Built in 1958 in Birkenhead, England it had a gross tonnage of 10,619 tons. It was sold in 1981 to Festasi Shipping, Panama, renamed Golden Lady, and two years later was sent to the ship-breakers in Bangladesh.

The Outer Harbor of Port Adelaide was opened in January 1908. It enabled the port to handle larger vessels than could use the Port River channel to the Inner Harbor. It had been built after many years of discussion about the best site, as the facilities for landing passengers at Semaphore were very basic and at times dangerous. The Outer Harbor has been steadily expanded and upgraded over the years, dredging keeping pace with the increasing size of ships. The container terminal was added in 1972. Roll-on/roll-off facilities are available for the shipment of cars.

Outer Harbor was and remains the 'easiest to enter of any sheltered harbour on the Australian coast.'

Coverage year : 1977
Place : Outer Harbor
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Searcy, Arthur. The Outer Harbor (Light's Passage), Port Adelaide, South Australia: a short description of the new harbor, the facilities ... Adelaide: Government Printer, 1908

Ritter, Ron. Triumph, tragedy and Port Adelaide [Para Vista, S. Aust.]: Ronald C. Ritter, 2005 Chapter 8: (Schemes of) the Outer Harbor

Couper-Smartt, John. Port Adelaide: tales from a "commodious harbour" Port Adelaide: Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 2003

Haws, Duncan Blue Star Line Hereford: TCL Publications, 1988
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