(Dominion Navigation Co. livery)


Official Number Date Builder Tonnage L B D Fate
181096 1947 Vickers-Armstrong 7438 440.6 61.2 25.5 Broken up Kaohsiung 1971


Built as the "NOVA SCOTIA" by Vickers Armstrong, Newcastle for Johnston Warren Lines Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Liverpool in 1947.

Aquired by the Dominion Navigation Co Ltd (HC Sleigh Ltd), Liverpool and renamed FRANCIS DRAKE.

Placed upon the Australia Japan service. Given yellow funnel of H C Sleigh. Both sisterships were later sent to Barclay Curle Shipyards in Glasgow to be partially rebuilt and fully refitted. The superstructure was extended forward and all cabins were extensively remodelled. In addition full air-conditioning was installed for operations in a warmer climate, and a pool was installed aft on Promenade Deck. 130 all First Class accommodation. Sistership 'Newfoundland', renamed George Anson. 1965 under ownership of Dominion Far East Line, a joint venture between H C Sleigh and Jardine Matheson, and given the red and black Indo-China funnel synominous to Jardine. In that service they operated with Indo-China's "Eastern Queen".

Route: 1963-1965/1966-1971. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville (optional), Cairns (optional), Manila, Hong Kong, Keelung, Kobe, Yokohama, Guam, Rabaul, Sydney, Melbourne.
Alternative route: September 1965 to December 1966. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Manila, Hong Kong, Keelung, Kobe, Yokohama, Guam, Rabaul, Sydney, Melbourne.

16/03/1971: Arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking up


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