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Saturday, 22 September 2012


Pleased to say that the present curator of the Australian National Maritime Museum Dr Stephen Gapps, has taken an interest with what’s happening on the Leith Shipyards website and has also taken the time to send us in some up to date photographs of this famous Australian “Icon” at her berth in  Sydney Harbour.

THE STEAM SHIP SOUTH STEYNE photographed by Dr, Stephen Gapps the Curator of the Australian National Maritime Museum

SOUTH STEYNE is in excellent condition, and is a prominent attraction in Cockle Bay beside the Pyrmont Bridge where it remains open as a floating restaurant, some may remiss about the fact that this grand old example of the finest in shipbuilding is now being used as a restaurant and convention centre but if this is what it takes to keep her afloat and in pristine condition then long may it last. If the ship lends itself to this type of use and it is done with some taste then why not, we don’t hear anyone complain about the use of the RMS QUEEN MARY at Long Beach in California and she would otherwise have just been scrapped.

The Ship still has most of her original machinery and engines in place and indeed the fact that she is a static display does not mean that she would not be able to put to sea again.

For more on the SS SOUTH STEYNE visit the Australian National Maritime Museum website.

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