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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author


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MS Port Sydney

Later names: Akrotiri Express, Daphne, Switzerland, Ocean Monarch

Currently cruising as the MV Princess Daphne


Dave James Sails – UK to Sydney in 1961


Postcard of the Port Sydney

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“I was a Junior Engineer on the MS Port Sydney and I had, to say the least an ecstatic and a wonderful homeward voyage back to Sydney Australia in 1961. We sailed via Cape Town and across the Indian Ocean and during our long ocean stretches I greatly enjoyed such wonderful company amongst the engineers, crew and when mixing with the passengers.

A group of engineers out on deck on the Indian Ocean

Provided by & © David James


Here I am at the controls in the engine room

Provided by & © David James


This me at the top of the mast standing at the Crows Nest (look out)

Provided by & © David James


There was a Percheron horse on board and I befriended it and often went to visit for a pat

Provided by & © David James

In all I have had some forty four years of seafaring, sailing with companies such as Port Line, Burns Philp, Union Steamship’s (Australia’s) sheep carrier such as the 1936 built SS Trangie, as well as Sydney’s famed Hydrofoil ferries, Salvage tugs but more recently Dredges. However, all of these have never diminished my fond memories of one of the most beautiful and solid ships ever built, the MS Port Sydney, indeed the best ship I have ever sailed on!

David James - Australia.”

The SS Trangie whilst at an Pacific Island

Provided by & © David James

An additional short Note regarding the SS Trangie: She was built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast in 1936 for a single ship company associated with the United Fruit company of Boston, USA. Her main purpose was the carriage of bananas between Caribbean ports and the UK and USA. She also had some luxury accommodations for a limited number of passengers. She retained her registration at Belfast for almost her entire life. However, she operated from Australia for Union Steamship for some time and became rather well known after she had returned to Australia from a dramatic voyage to Mexico in 1964 with her Australian crew and she was tied to a buoy off Cockatoo Island. During her last sheep carrying voyage many of the sheep on board had apparently died and this had made big news worldwide. She soon departed to be broken up.

The delightful MS Port Sydney is seen arriving in Sydney

Author’s private collection

Port Sydney - INDEX

Part One:                  Read about the history of the Port Sydney

Part Two:                  John Whitehead Story - Page One - Story & photographs by John Whitehead 3rd Engineer 1959/60

                                          John Whitehead Story - Page Two – The story continues

                                          John Whitehead Story - Page Three – Online in the near future

                                  Dave James Story        Page Four – Dave an engineer sails home to Australia

Part Three:               Discover her as a modern, but classic cruise ship – (on my cruise site -

Part Four:                 Princess Daphne DECK PLAN - (on my cruise site -

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