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The Iron Monarch
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No: 718   Contributor: Paul Mara   Year: 1998   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Australia
The Iron Monarch

The Iron Monarch, a Ro/Ro vessel, she runs from Port kembla to Western Port Melbourne.
Picture added on 22 December 2006
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hi Paul
I was a.b., bosuns mate and bosun on the iron monarch between 1978 and 1982 it was a great Kembla home porters job and as far as I know she is still a good job. She was the first Gas Turbine Vessel in the world GTV1. She was the first ship I was on that had Draught beer in the crews bar. I joined her off the sydney roster, I also shipped out of brisbane and Port Kembla.I did not make the change to the I.R.system and retired to northern nsw after 30 years at sea in the SUA and Maritime union.

Added by Russell Fitchett on 27 November 2007.
Hi Paul
I worked for GE the gas turbine builder and was very involved with the Iron Monarch. I worked on her at the Whyalla Shipyard and later providing service on the turbine and Speedtronic control system. She wasn't the first gas turbine
vessel as this honour goes to the GTV "John Sargeant" a converted liberty ship in 1956. The C/E of this ship was hired by GE to act as a consultant during commissioning at Whyalla. I loved the Iron Monarch and Iron Duke and all the crew I worked with over the years.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 30 October 2008.
I stand corrected But, the Iron Monarch was the first ship BUILT as a gas turbine vessel not a conversion.

Added by Russell Fitchett on 31 October 2008.
Hi Russell,

When looking at gas turbines for commercial marine propulsion there are two types:

Aircraft derivative which are high speed aircraft engines modified for use with power generation, compressors amd marine propulsion. The GE LM2500 is used by many navies around the world. This engine was originally used in the DC10 aircraft.

The other type is the heavy duty gas turbine which is a large heavy framed machine running at lower speeds. This is the type used in the "John Sargeant" which was a 6600 SHP early GE design and the "Iron Monarch" GE MS5212R 19, 000 SHP max. Both were two shaft design as were all of the Australian and New Zealand gas turbine vessels.

By splitting installations into turbine type the following is chronology list of commercial marine gas turbine installations.

Country Owner Ship/Type Delivery Main Engine Details Fuel
UK UK Auris/Tank 1951 1 x BTH GT 3 x Diesels
1956 GT exchanged x 3 diesels
USA USA John Sargeant/Lib 1956 Retrofit GE HD 6600 shp GT Heavy
AEIL USA Adm W M Callaghan 1967 2 x P&W; FT4A 20K HP
RO/RO 1969 1 x P&W; FT4A & 1 x GE LM2500
both aircraft type
Sea Train USA Euroliner/Cont 1971 2 x P&W; FT4A-12
EuroFreighter to 30, 000 shp
Aisaliner aircraft type
Aisafreighter 1973

BHP AUS Iron Monarch RO/Ro1973 1 x MS5212R HD 19, 000 SHP Bass Strait
Iron Duke RO/Ro 1974 " " Waxy Residual

Hilmar NOR Lucian LNG 1974 1 x MS5212R HD 20, 00 SHP Heavy & gas Reksten boil off

Chevron USA Oregon Tanker 1974 1 x GE MS3002R HD Elect Drive
+ 5
Union SS NZ Seaway Prince Ro/Ro 1975 1 X MS3112R HD DC Elect Drive Dist
Seaway Princess 1976 " "

Union SS NZ Union Rotorura RO/RO 1976 1x MS5262RB HD ac Elect Drive Dist
Union Rotoiti 1977 "" "

BHP Aus Iron Carpentaria Bulk 1978 1x GE MS3112R HD Mech Drive Residual
Iron Curtis 1979

The increased cost of fuel resulted in some of these vessels scrapped and some converted th diesel.
So when deciding who was first ship designed for gas turbine operation we have

Aircraft Type 1967 AEIL Ad. William M Callaghan Ro/Ro P&W; FT4a-2
Heavy Duty Type 1956 USA Gov John Sargeant Liberty GE 6600 HP Conversion
for testing HD GT
1973 BHP Iron Monarch Ro/Ro GE MS5212R Designed for

As the Iron Monarch is my favourite out of all the steam and gas turbine ships I worked on I will agree she was the first ship designed for heavy duty gas turbines. She wasn't the first to operate in service with a heavy duty gas turbine as the converted liberty ship "John Sargeant" operated for 9700 hours using heavy fuel for 7000 hours should stand as an operational ship.

It should also be noted that the GTEV Seaway Prince was the first gas turbine electric drive ship to enter service. The Chevron Oregon was completed first, however, was delayed with manning problems.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 05 November 2008.
thanks dennis i have been told the Monarch and Duke have been re-engined or changed from gas turbine

Added by Russell Fitchett on 05 November 2008.
Hi Russell

Yes both ships were rerofitted with diesels. The Iron Duke was laid up and sat at Balmain for some time. It was involved in an incident with the rapid response squad using it as in a training exercise that went wrong when some officers roughly treated another female officer and she placed an official complaint that ended up all over the newspapers.

The Iron Monarch is still running with its new ownwers.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 06 November 2008.
Hi Russell
I need to correct information on Iron Duke. Checked with her BHP C/E. In May 1983 she was laid up in Snails Bay. She wasn't converted to diesel as was the Iron Monarch. In May 1985 she was moved to Pyrmont and had parts removed to be
used by the Iron Monarch. She was sold in Jan 1986. It was a shame as they were great ships.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 12 November 2008.
I joined the IRON MONARCH in Whyalla in 1973 as third mate. She was doubled up alongside the IRON DUKE which was being fitted out . We sailed from Whyalla for Newcastle where we did sea trials to tune/prove the gas turbine. During the trials the engine was allowed to accelerate as much as possible and the vessel achieved just over 25 knots. The turbine was restricted and normally we cruised at about 21 knots. We also had a couple of scandinavian classification surveyors on board for trials . The were measuring stress in the area of the bow .
On the night we had left Whyalla we had a major black out, the engine was self sustaining however which was disconcerting, trying to cancel alarms etc at 20 knots in relatively confined waters.
Her first cargo, in true BHP tradition was iron ore, loaded into 6 plastic lined bolsters and stowed in the vehicle deck forward.It was going to Newcsatle for analysis .
From Newcastle we went to dry dock in Brisbane.
The master was Peter Le Marquand, J D Mann c/o and Greg Charlesworth 2/o .
After a peiod of some 3 months on IRON MONARCH I paid off had some leave then went to Whyalla to join the IRON DUKE . I stayed on that vessel for most of 1974.
My time on these vessels was a very good learning period . They were new, incorporated some new technologies .

Added by Jon Joubert on 25 January 2009.
I was an Able Seaman on Iron Duke on her Maiden voyage out of Whyalla. WE sailed direct to Cairn Cross Dock in Brisbane & carried out sea trials en-route. Any further information or photo's would be appreciated. I have some photo's if interested.

Editor: Graham, why not share them on this site?

Added by Graham Allen on 02 May 2009.
I am writing a brief history of these ships to be shared around with past crew and I am always looking for more information. Captain Peter Le
Marquand has been a great help and his knowledge
has been invaluable in piecing together the story.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 04 May 2009.
Yes Monarch is still trading very successfully and has carried well over 14 million tons of cargo. Straddle trucks bring the 30 ton steel slabs inboard via a Navire stern ramp and thence three gantry cranes fitted with magnets traverse the full length of the vessel and stow the steel cargo into holds and vehicle deck bays. Loading 14000 tonnes in 24 hours.
The gas turbines were replaced with twin Wartsila diesels in 1986 because of the gas turbines heavy fuel consumption.
Regards to all ex crew members of this vessel
Peter Le Marquand... master retired

Added by Peter Le Marquand on 09 May 2009.
I sailed on the iron monarch in 2002 as a Trainee Integrated Rating and it was a great job. Ive still got friends on there. And it is still rated as a great job

Added by Sam Kelly on 25 May 2009.
Hi,I worked at the Whyalla Shipyard as a Fitter apprentice and the first ship I worked on in the early outfit area was the Iron Monarch so I too have fond memories of that ship. A few years later when the Seaway Prince was being launched I took Black & White photos of the launching while flying over it in a light aircraft.

Added by Stephen on 01 July 2009.
I am a naval historian, and I am trying to track down information on two things. The first is data on the Iron Monarch and Iron Duke, especially a General Arrangement.

The second is any information anyone knows regarding the 1982-83 plan whereby BHP would 'swap' both ships to the Commonwealth in return for tax credits. I was in the RAN at the time and we had just lost the carrier Melbourne, which gutted our anti-submarine capability. There was a plan to get Iron Duke and Iron Monarch and convert them into helicopter carriers to operate the Seakings.

If anyone heard of this plan from inside the company or industry I'd like to talk it over with you. Obviously, I am also conducting research through the Seapower Centre and the usual archival sources. Unfortunately, the official files on this possible project are still closed, and will be for some years.

I can be contacted at:
mark DOT bailey AT customs DOT gov DOT au

Cheers: Mark

Added by Mark Bailey on 14 July 2009.
I am currently serving onboard the 'Mighty Monarch' as Chief Mate and have been since Feb 2008. She is without a doubt one of the finest ships I have ever sailed on and is doing extremely well for a vessel her vintage. The last real Aussie Flagship. Bluescope are planning for a life extension project approx June 2011 which may see her remaining on the coast well into 2016+

Added by Nicholas J Woods on 20 July 2009.
Thanks Nicholas, she's a ship I'd like to have a look over - the last time I as aboard she was in layup in Sydney with the Duke.

Any idea on who I'd contact to get a GA of the Monarch?

CHeers: Mark

Added by Mark Bailey on 21 July 2009.
An Interesting site. I was a school boy back around 1972 on a school camp from Elizabeth when I watched this ship launched in Whyalla. The first and only ship i have seen launched. I remember the big pile of chains which we were told slowed down the launching. I never forgot the name of this ship. Great memory.
Launched 1971 or 72 not sure which. Great to hear she is still in use, Cheers Paul Tyler

Added by Paul Tyler on 10 August 2009.
During my time on the IRON MONARCH and IRON DUKE the army were looking at these vessels as part of a plan to deploy military vehicles . They may have even done an exercise with one of these vessels , IRON MONARCH I think. I can't remember where it was as I was on leave at the time but possibly Port Kembla

Added by Jon Joubert on 11 August 2009.
The army boffins came aboard once during my time on the Monarch and measured up things to see if it was suitable for carrying army vehicles and such .Dont know what was the result tho?

Added by Fidget on 11 August 2009.
Any idea when that was, Fidget?

Added by Mark Bailey on 12 August 2009.
between 1976 and 1980? its such a long time ago and the drink dulls memories :)

Added by Russ Fidget on 12 August 2009.
If it was the same occasion as I have mentioned it would have been mid 1974 that the army inspected the vessel

Added by Jon Joubert on 13 August 2009.
I sailed on thew earlier Iron Monarch (4 times) The Old Iron Duke (2) Iron Baron (2) Iron Warrior (2) and the Iron Flinders (1) I am so glad i was able to sail on those old ships as they are the maritime history of Australia and what we did on those ships will never been seen again.
Good to hear the chit chat on here, good stuff, i have many pics of all those old ships.

Added by Gordy Ross on 18 August 2009.
I also sailed on the older IRON MONARCH (my first ship as an apprentice) and later IRON DUKE and considered it as a privelege or some kind of milestone that I managed to sail on the full set during my time in B.H.P. At the HMAS WHYALLA Corvette museum in Whyalla there are bits and pieces of memorabilia re both IRON MONARCH's , namely models etc from the shipyard for the new Monarch and the steering compass from the old Monarch which must have been removed before she was towed out of Newcastle to the breakers.

Added by Jon Joubert on 18 August 2009.
Interesting that Jon (re the Iron Monarch) next time I am in South Australia and up that way I will have to look in, would love to see some of that old memorabilia from the old war time Iron Monarch plus other artefacts they have on display. TY for that!

Added by Gordy Ross on 18 August 2009.
Have to say that I love the old ships too. It goes back in my family. My great uncle Percy was torpedoed in 1943 off the coast in one of them (have to check to see which one).

Cheers: mark

Added by Mark Bailey on 18 August 2009.
I sailed on board as a cadet twice and enjoyed both times. She's a great learning ship for up and coming officers

Added by Tanya Williams on 13 October 2009.
H there I worked on both the Iron Monarch and the Duke at the Fitting Out Wharf when in my 2nd and 3rd year of my Boilermaker Apprenticeship

Added by Shaun Allanson on 17 October 2009.
manufacturer is said to be unknown i believe they both were built in the whyalla shipyards,served on both good ships and crews in the 70s if monarch still running safe sailing to her crew

Added by A Geary Sua Mua Member[ex] on 25 November 2009.
I joined PWS Stevedoring in Feb.,73.From my experience in ASP "Boxboats" I was given the job to work with "Pepe"Le Marquand and John Mann on the sequencing of the loading and ship stability of the RoRos.A period of 2.5 yrs in PK and 8 in Whyalla.Back in Pk I saw the demise of the trade and the lay-up of the ships.They were up for sail and almost were sold to Pakistan to run from there up the Persian Gulf.I was ready to go to train the Paki's when the battle of the Straits of Homuz occurred--deal squashed.
Then involved in the development of the slab operation between PK and Westernport.Had 20yrs of the two v/ls.Interesting--BHP paid over $100,000 to compterise the loading/sequencing of the "Monarch" and the slabs BUT found that they had to rely on the human skills to do the job.
Jon Joubert great to see your name--where are u hiding????
Derek Sim

Added by Derek Sim on 20 December 2009.
Glad there are interested ex Monarchers around . Good too see you are still alive and kicking Derek . i am piloting in S.A. now . I well remember the first trips the Monarch made and all the communications etc which had to be developed to stay in contact with the drivers of the straddles. Port Adelaide was supposed to be one of our regular ports in this RoRo trade but there was a dispute between the wharfies and the TWU over who was to drive the straddles. The wharfies won but it took 18 months to resolve.
I was on both the Monarch and the Duke. We often had a BBQ in Whyalla. The chief eng on the Duke made a BBQ out of a 44. it "looked like" the Duke , complete with twin funnels. It got a lot of use.

Added by Jon Joubert on 20 December 2009.
Hi Guys
I was a crew member on the Monarch from 1974 till it laid up pleanty of good times in the Shark Bar "Fidget" remember you well it was certainly a great ship to sail on very clean.
Remember one dry dock up in Brisbane where we all went home for a week then returned ready to sail but there was a problem getting the turbine fired up we spent a few weeks sorting that out.
Fidget is jimmy the swede still around

Added by Derek Bond on 01 May 2010.
I think the Iron boat that was torpedoed in 1943 was either the Iron Knight or the Iron Chieftain, I have pics of both of them, reasonable quality if any one wants them.



Added by Gordy on 01 May 2010.
I worked as a marine electrinics officer at AWA marine depot in Wollongong. My colleagues & I spent lots of time on the Iron Monarch, usually with the resident radio officer Clive Keithley. I also worked on the comms in the straddles. I can remember well the "twin funnel" BBQ. On her maiden visit to Port Kembla we each were given 2 bottles each of red & white wine, marked "specially selected by the officers of GTV Iron Monarch". I still have one bottle of shiraz cabernet 1973, serial no. E2056. Its probably vinegar by now. Free to anyone who wants it.

Added by Graeme Dowse on 10 May 2010.
I was a BHP 'Christmas Tripper' cadet on the Monarch around 1981 or '82. Did some work both as a deck and eng cadet. Remember climbing into one of the turbine heat exchange boxes (I think) which cracked and had to be inspected quite often. Also assisted loading the bolsters via the straddle trucks in various ports from Kembla to Bell Bay and Melbourne. There was a challenge to see if you could raise the ramp gently enough to prevent it banging - quite difficult.

Added by Michael Nobbs on 30 September 2010.
I worked by Duke, Carpentaria and Curtis as chief engineer.I'm the bloke who Jon says built the barbecue with twin funnels. All bloody good ships a pity politics plays such a role

Added by Jeff Wakeham on 16 February 2011.
I have a question, if the Iron Duke and Iron Monarch were built in the early seventies, why does the Technologies In Australia website have the as being launched in 1943? Not being funny, just asking the question.

Added by Jack on 15 August 2011.
Perhaps Jack is looking at Iron Monarch and Iron Duke 1 ( the quadruple expansion ) steam ships.

Added by Jeff Wakeham on 15 August 2011.
That one pictured is the iron monarch 3,

Added by Sam Kelly on 15 August 2011.
Iron Monarch, Duke, King and Baron were an earlier class of Iron Boats -the chieftains.
Two were built in Whyalla and two in the UK.
The earlier ones Jack refers to were these vessels.
I was AB on the old Monarch and the new Duke.

Added by Graeme Swalling. on 16 August 2011.
I too sailed on both these vessels Iron Duke (rel)then Iron Monarch (rel)finally, I was on the Iron Duke for 16 months and loved every minute of it, 1977/78/79 was the period but, I have to admit that the Monarch was the more social ship (party wise) and the black duck was not so.

Added by Warren Ross (retired Adelaide tugs) on 19 August 2011.
The Iron Monarch will be withdrawn from service in October 2011. She had just completed docking in Singapore which was designed to extend her life beyond her current 38 years. Bluescope Steel announced the A$ value had ruined its export steel sales so they will close the Westernport hot strip mill thus will no longer need slabs from Port Kembla. In future coils will be sent and the Iron Monarch will not be used for this work.

It remains to be seen what her long term future will be and I hope it will not be some beach in India.

We have nearly completed her life story and its is a good read.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 25 August 2011.
Found some more pics of the Monarch. Will scan them and add next week. Includes one of the real Christmas tree we tied to the radio mast - and which I had to carry a bag of water up to in an attempt to keep it green....the days before OHS!

Added by Michael Nobbs on 26 August 2011.
In the big green box under the Monarchs crane (the most dangerous piece of equipment I ever used in my 30 year seagoing career, how no one was ever maimed or killed when raising or collapsing it ill never know) lived a santa claus and his sleigh and 2? reindeer but was too much trouble to rig and only saw it out and up once

Added by Russell Fidget on 26 August 2011.
The vehicle deck wasn't the safest area either. The twist locks on the bolsters were always jamming, meaning a climb up bolsters with a crowbar to beat it open so the travelling gantry could disengage.

Added by Michael Nobbs on 30 August 2011.
I was on the old Iron Monarch 4 times, the Iron Duke twice, the Iron Baron twice, the Iron warrior twice, the iron Flinders and others...I have some good pics of them all but would love to see others.

Please post some if you have them, looking forward to seeing them.

Cheers and GB


Added by Gordon Ross on 02 September 2011.
A shame to see the old girl go, she was a good memory.

Added by Warren Ross on 13 September 2011.
latest news is the monarch will be converted to carry steel coils and possibly on a tramping route eg west coast and NZ, and the red ensign will remain astern

Added by Harlen Frew on 24 December 2011.
As of the 27/1/12, the Monarch has been retired, and will be up for sale.
Very sad... End of an era.


Added by Richard Counsel on 09 February 2012.
The statistics for the Iron Monarch to December 2011 are:

Bolster Slabs/Coils Total
Voyages: 200 1572 1772

Tonnage 3 M (Est) 21, 164, 391M 24, 164, 391M

It should be remembered that the Valmet Straddle Trucks carried 3 times the ships 24 M tonnage.

These tonnage figures are amazing and indicate what remarkable materials handling system was put in place when the Iron Monarch and Iron Duke were designed by BHP Transport team under Bob Mc Lennon. Bob was a forward thinker who well understood that cargo handling in the 1960's was primitive where it could take 10 days to load a ship using 3 ton cranes. The Ro/Ro concept allowed 13, 000 tons to be loaded in one day. one day to Melbourne and another day to unload. rail couldn't compete with this system.

As Westernport Mill now only needs coils they will be carried by rail over poor quality tracks.
Good Luck.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 29 March 2012.
Just uploaded some pics - apologies for the low 1980s quality!

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Added by Michael on 30 March 2012.
The Iron Monarch will leave Port Kembla on her final voyage from Australia on Tuesday April 17 at 8 am.
I hope to be there with her first Master Peter Le Marquand to wave her goodbye. It will be a sad moment.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 15 April 2012.
Since the IRON MONARCH left Australia a couple of weeks ago for over seas, I have been tracking her on the AIS SHIPTRACKER but, I lost her for the best part of a week finally, I found her at anchor outside Singapore but way to the left of the main anchorage where, there are only a few ships ........ to some, it may be a case of who gives a toss but, to me it means I found her destination unfortunately, I will probably lose her from there and who knows where she will end up hopefully, not on the scrap heap for a while as she has just been done up.

Cheers to all, Warren Ross

Added by Warren Ross on 03 May 2012.
The Iron Monarch was handed over to her new owners
on May 3, 2012 at Singapore. The new owners are
Mercury Shipping Inc. We believe she will continue in service.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 04 May 2012.
Thank you for the info Dennis, any idea where she will be running from or, to ?
Warren Ross

Added by Warren Ross on 04 May 2012. 1320 UTC 14-05-12. Iron Monarch was approximately 300mls off Mumbai India. Bearing 320 deg. Appears to be heading for the Middle East. Transponder still sending signal as Iron Monarch. Destination outdated still as Singapore.

Added by Peter Karberg on 14 May 2012.
Sorry guys spoke too soon. Iron Monarch has turned to starboard towards the Mumbai anchorage with Alang dead ahead!

Update. Iron Monarch is headed for Bhavnagar India for demolition

Added by Peter Karberg on 14 May 2012.
Yes, I noticed that Peter but all I can get is her being off Banda Aceh and locked in there with no further info from her AIS.

Added by Warren Ross on 15 May 2012.
I found her Peter and i'm afraid you are correct, she is doing 17.5 knots flat chat for alang ....what a shame , the end of an era with no more IRON MONARCHS on the horizon, so sad .

Added by Warren Ross on 15 May 2012.
The IRON MONARCH has now moved into her final anchorage point before sliding up the mud at Bhavnagor, she
is north of Alang on the Port side of the gulf of khambhat so, I will keep a daily check to see when her AIS is no
longer sending and assume she no longer exists.
Cheers to all, Woz.

Added by Warren Ross on 21 May 2012.
Woz, missing Iron Boats?never thought I'd see that happen.

Added by Graeme Swalling on 22 May 2012.
It's the last of them that wore the two blue bands Graeme a damn shame , I have retired from the tugs and life is great for almost a year now and there wasn't many Iron boats I didn't serve on so, my memories of them are going with the Monarch.

Added by Warren Ross on 22 May 2012.
Good point mate, the two blue bands were the only ones I was in, the other came later, there weren't a lot I missed out on either.
Glad you're enjoying your retirement, I certainly am.

Added by Graeme Swalling on 23 May 2012.
The last record on the AIS is that the IRON MONARCH was heading toward the beach at Alang doing 15.7 knots on the 25th of May and nothing heard of since so, one must assume she is no more, cheers to all that was interested in her final weeks .

Added by Warren Ross on 28 May 2012.
Yep, I agree with u guys, I was in enough of them at the time but I hate to see the last one go. I was never in the new Iron Monarch but I was in the old one (1942 version) 4 was hard work for these days but not back then, we took it all in our stride...the old iron boats made us shudder when we saw the shipping master write them on the board but thinking back on it now I am glad I was in every one I picked up, no one will ever get to experience ships like that ever again...lots of memories, spand and chain gear, hatch beams, Tween decks, hatch boards, tarps, 2 hour wheels, log goes on and on lol

Added by Gordy Ross on 28 May 2012.
Hi guys, I had the pleasure of sailing on the MONARCH from 1989- 1994, as a peggy MUA, I got the redundancy when the peggy finished up.
What a great job she was.
My eldest brother was a AB on her in the seventies JOHN WILSON died in bike accident 1984" I found his name written in a locker in the bosuns store. My other brother BILLY WILSON was on her for the last ten yrs & took her to singapore on her final voyage with aussie crew " was a sad day for me & family " amazing how a ship can become so much a part of family", all up we had family on her for over twenty years.
I escorted her out pk harbour for her last time in pk, bosuns wife, son & father, my mum & my son who was born when I was on her, & a old man who got lost trying to find a good spot to farewell her he turned out to be the originol captain who sailed her on her maiden voyage.
It was absolutely pouring rain & all were quite happy to stand on the deck of the SVITZER lines vessel BODALLA & get soaked while shedding a quiet tear to see her go.
The pilot taking her out tried his best to get the jump on us while we were tying up a coal boat but luckilly the MONARCH had different ideas & the bow thruster packed in which made a SVITZER tug necesary for her departure which gave me time to get back & pick up the passos to bid her farewell, it was a moving time I must say " the next three days are bit of a blur(mourning).
To hear the bosun of 16yrs 5yr old son scream out BYE DAD, got me. was a pleasure to have sailed on her & to have been in a position to take these people out with me for her final voyage.
ROY WILSON coxswain SVITZER, seaman 1984- 1998.
Farewell old girl you done us proud.
CHEERS to all who sailed on her.

Added by ROY WILSON on 29 May 2012.
Hi Roy

It was Peter Le Marquand the Iron Monarch's first master and myself who got lost in the rain and ended up at the Switzer wharf and kindly invited aboard Bodalla with your family to see her sail out of Port Kembla for the last time. We were able to take photographs and video of her through the rain. It was a great experience and thanks for letting us join your family for this historical occasion.

Denis Bainbridge

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 29 May 2012.
Hi Dennis, mate it was my pleasure & glad youse were thier, nice to see someone taking the time to tell all about her. take care & anytime you need a boat for pk harbour feel free to give me a yell. TY.

Added by ROY WILSON on 30 May 2012.
Hi Dennis, it's great that you took some pictures of her departing and was wondering if it might be possible for you to pass some of them on to ex-MONARCH boys like myself.....cheers if you can.

Added by Warren Ross on 31 May 2012.
hey warren this page got me thinken, maybe thier is a page on the "IRON ARNHEM" ? not game to look?

Added by ROY WILSON on 31 May 2012.
Good question Roy, I did the delivery voyage on her from Adelaide to Newcastle way back in the 70's when she was the Cape Arnhem for Karlanders, maybe there is.

Added by Warren Ross on 31 May 2012.
Roy, just type in the search box IRON ARNHEM at the top right of this page and when it comes up, start posting, maybe some one will add a bit more it may continue on from there as did the IRON MONARCH.

Added by Warren Ross on 31 May 2012.
Hi Warren, I have tried to upload pictures here and cannot get it to work.
We have just completed a book "The Iron Monarch Story" which we looking to publish mainly for the people who were involved with her. I have a large library of photos built up over the years which cover her life. I am not sure who some of the authors are as they have passed through many hands.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 31 May 2012.
If you have trouble uploading why not email the editor (me) at (details also on the homepage).
With regard to adding images, do make sure you own the copyright or have the express permission of the copyright owner to use the photos you want to post. Otherwise we can not accept them on our site.
Finally, did you know you can directly email commentators if there name appears in blue? Just click on their name (or right mouse button on blue name - copy email address and paste it into your email software).

Added by Marcel Gommers on 31 May 2012.
When you publish your book could you reserve a copy for me as I was a AB on her for 8 years
Regards Derek

Added by Derek Bond on 01 June 2012.
Dennis, I would be very happy for you to use my email address to send pictures and who knows, I may have some pics that you would like as well, my first ship on the coast was the IRON KING but, a good colour pic of her is like looking for hens

Added by Warren Ross on 01 June 2012.
Marcel, I am loving this site cheers mate, for allowing us ex- seafarers to add our little bits of info and keeping us updated on ships we have sailed in ....Thank you .

Added by Warren Ross on 01 June 2012.
I was an original a.b and bosun on the monarch and joined Her on its maiden voyage out of whyalla dud 5 years in her before giving the sea away . Was also deck boy on the old one . Just catching up with this site and it's bringing back so many memories . Long time ago but does anyone remember me from those days ? Cheers Phil eley

Added by Phil eley on 09 November 2015.
How are you Phil, I was on the IRON MONARCH with you for a short while and the last time I ran into you was when, Kevin Antoney and I were installing roller doors for Gliderol and the occasional for your mob at Royal Park way back in 1980

Added by Warren Ross on 11 November 2015.
Gee Warren that was a long time ago, a lot has sure passed since then!. Ive had a Financial planning business for the last 31 years and have recently semi retired now working 2 days a week.My oldest son has just taken over. Ive been reminiscing about my early days on the coast and courtesy of a few of the sites have managed to print out copies of all the ships I was on and will put together a bit of history from around that time. What a great era it was - the ports dont bustle like they used to do they. good to hear from you Warren cheers

Added by Philip Eley on 12 November 2015.
Does anyone know Denis Bainbridge current email address as tried the one on this site and is no longer in use.

Added by Justin on 27 June 2018.
Has anyone have Denis Bainbridge current email address

Added by Justin on 27 June 2018.
I served on the old Iron Spencer a couple of times in 1975 as 2nd cook and chief cook. Remember well all the other 'Ironies'. Great ships, great mates, great memories.

Added by Lawrence Shaw 'Saltie' on 29 July 2018.
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