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Unusual crew for new lighthouse vessel's maiden voyage

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Statement by the Minister for Shipping and Transport, The Hon, Hubert Opperman

The Master of the Commonwealth lighthouse vess.©2,

CAPE YORK, Captain S.L. HERIOT, his Chief Engineer,

Mr, Donald McKAY, and deck officers, First Mate, K. SKINNER:

AND Second Mate, I» JEFFRIES, will all be in the crew, of the

new lighthouse ship, CAPE MORETON, when it sails from Newcastle

for Brisbane via Sydney, tomorrow (Friday, Nov,8),

Announcing this, the Minister for Shipping and Transport,

Mr, Hubert Opperman, said that from the view-point of the

officers this voyage would He unique insofar as it would

give them a pre-experience of conditions in their own '

lighthouse vessel, CAPE PILLAR, a sister ship of the MORETON,

due to replace CAPE YORK at the end of 1964»

Mr, Opperman said that the reasons for this unusual move

were domestic. The vessel which the CAPE MORETON is to

replace, the CAPE LEEUWIN, is at present on her northern -

Queensland itinerary and only her Master, Oaptain H,G. CHESTERMAN,

can be spared to take delivery of the new vessel, Mr, II. FORD,

Chief Engineer of the CAPE LEEUWIN, has been with the new

vessel for some months during supervisory work.

The CAPE YORK, which services the south-east sector

of the Commonwealth lighthouse activities, returned to

Melbourne last week. In the interest of economy it was decided

that the most efficient manner of temporarily staffing the

CAPE MORETON would be with the officers and crew of the YORK*

Thus it comes about that the CAPE MORETON will leave

Newcastle with Captain CHESTERMAN in charge, Captain HERIOT

as his First Mate, Mr. Donald McKAY as Second Engineer,

M r 0 Keith SKINNER as Second Mate, Mr, Ian JEFFRIES as Third,

Stewards, cooks, crew and crew attendants, will be members of

the CAPE YORK’S normal crew.

The CAPT MORETON which sails from Newcastle tomorrow

afternoon, Friday, will visit Sydney for only a brief period -

for the purpose of calibration of her direction finding gear*

She will then sail for Brisbane and following her delivery at

the lighthouse vessel berth in Brisbane River, Captain HERIOT,

his officers and men, will/flown back to Melbourne to take the

CAPE YORK out once more on her never ending task of servicing

the lights of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania*


November 7, 1963 - P.M