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Bulk Carrier Iron Curtis in Manila
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No: 842   Contributor: Paul Mara   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: Whyalla, Australia   Country: Philippines
Bulk Carrier Iron Curtis in Manila

Another Australian ship lost, this pic is of the Iron Curtis (Melbourne) in Manila (Philippines), being handed over to her new owners. The Australian Seaman walked down the gangway and a foreign crew walked up it.

A very sad day for our Australian seaman.
Picture added on 12 January 2007
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Unfortunately Australian seamen haven't got a very good track record and they can blame their disruptive, militant union and MUA for their sad demise and the rapid reduction of the Australian Merchant Navy.

Added by Peter John Marshall Lyne on 31 January 2007.
Yes it is a shame when safety comes before Profit and cheap unqualified labour.

Added by Paul Mara on 01 February 2007.
This was the first ship I ever joined as a cadet in Jan'83. I was typical of the very solidly built ships from Whyalla. I also sailed on her sister ship the Iron Carpentaria in 1987. The MUA sailors from the BHP ports can hold their heads up, I was at sea for eleven years and I was only delayed sailing once, for 2 hours.

Added by Sean on 23 April 2007.
The sad fact of the matter is that Australian ships cant compete with Foreign flagged ships, with cheap labour crews. The Unions cant be blamed for the demise of the Australian fleet. I was also on numerous Australian ships over a 30yr period and never once were they held up. -"enough said".

Added by Paul J Burke on 10 May 2007.
It is sad to see this photograph of the "Iron Curtis". Although my favourite BHP GT ships were the "Iron Monarch and Iron Duke" I still felt affection for these ore carriers. I always felt they were underpowered with the 11, 00 SHP MS3003 Gas turbine. When they suffered leaking regenerators this sapped HP to the extent that at times they couldn't start the turbine on hot days up north.

Added by Denis Bainbridge on 31 October 2008.
Helped build the Iron Curtis 4th yr app boilermaker and went down the slipway on her. I could not be leave how smooth it was, but there was a strong south west wind blowing that day and she got blown to the blast furnace wharf and that is where she stayed for the day. We all had a half day of work.

Added by Mark Picton on 20 September 2013.
The Iron Curtis was the last ship built at BHP Whyalla ship yard in 1978 her sister ship the iron Carpentaria was built 1 year before in 1977 I helped build both of them.

Added by Mark Picton on 20 September 2013.
One go my earliest memories as a child of 4yo was watching the Iron Curtis roll down the slipway on her launch in 1978. The last built in Whyalla for BHP Shipping

Added by James Bowen on 28 June 2014.
Just saw footage of this ship going down the slipway - Youtube Beyond 2000 S1E12.

Added by Axel Masok on 03 January 2016.
I have a press picture of the crowd at the launch. Can see my brother, mother and self. Thanks for the link to the launch video Axel Masok. Carmel Travers (the presenter) is an ex-Whyalla girl.

Added by Graham Kelleher on 30 July 2018.
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