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Name chosen for Sydney/ Tasmania passenger ship

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The Australian National Line’s new vehicle

deck passenger and cargo ship now being built at

Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney is to be named

"Empress of Australia",

The Chairman of the Australian Coastal Shipping

Commission* Captain J.P. Williams, C.M.G., O.B.E.,

announced this today. ·

Captain Williams said that the Commissioners

had considered almost one hundred names suggested by

members of the public and various organisations, but

had decided on "Empress of Australia" as the most suitable.

■ The new vessel, the largest passenger ship

ever built in Australia, is expected to be launched in

August this year and to go into service between Sydney,

Hobart and Bell Bay in the latter half of 1964·

Captain Williams said that the operations of

the "Princess of Tasmania" between Melbourne and

Devonport had proved the popularity of the "roll-on

roll-off" ship with the general public and the

Australian National Line was'confident that the "Empress

of Australia" would provide a tremendous boost to the

tourist trade of four States, """" ' ’ ’

With its introduction, the Australian National

Line will be able to offer a unique form of round-trip .

touring holiday to people in New South Wales, Queensland,.

Victoria and Tasmania,'including sea crossings in both

the "Empress of Australia" and the "Princess of Tasmania".



. The new vessel will be 443 feet in length,

70 feet in breadth, with a gross tonnage of 9,850 tons.

She will carry 250 passengers, all accommodated in cabins

and will have space for as many as 91 passenger cars.

The "Empress of Australia" is believed to be

the largest, vessel of her type in the world and will

operate over a longer open water route than any other '

similar ship, 625 miles from Sydney to Hobart. '

" Passengers amenities on the "Empress of

Australia" will include table service in the dining room, ■

a main lounge, writing room, card room, smoke room, dance

floor and lounge, childrens" playroom, indoor games room,

milk bar and shop, complete laundrj’ · facilities and both

standard and closed circuit television.

The ship will be air-conditioned throughout

and equipped.with every modern navigational aid,

Captain Williams said that the cost of the

"Empress of Australia" "will approximate £3 million.

It v/as the first commercial vessel to be built in the

Cockatoo Dockyard since the war.

Other vessels being built for the Australian

National Line are the "Jeparit", being constructed at

Evans Deskin Ltd. in Brisbane, at a cost of £1.4 million

and the 21,000 ton bulk ore carrier, "Musgrave Range",

being built at Whyalla at a cost of more than £2.5 million.

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