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TSMV Wanganella

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Photo Album


TSMV Wanganella seen in Wellington New Zealand in, I am told, 1960

Photographer and source unknown – *Please see photo notes at bottom of page

This page contains a series of fine photographs that have been provided to me by Mr. Neil Higgins and I greatly appreciate his input to this feature, as you will find other mentions of his name on pages one and three. Below are four photographs of the TSMV Wanganella departing Sydney and heading slowly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then several taken at sea from her decks. The next eight are in colour and were taken in 1960 and these commence in Auckland for her return voyage to Sydney, when Neil experience the famed Tasman Sea storms for a day or so and he captured this on camera. Neil also provided a Dinner menu dated February 28, 1960. Unfortunately, I could not obtain a better sized image, but I have made it as clear as possible. I am sure for all who has sailed on the Tasman and on this superb ship you will have memories flooding back.

Please Note: all Photographs and images below were taken and provided to ssMaritime by Mr. Neil Higgins.

Part One: Sydney to Auckland – February 1960


We commence with a series of photographs that Neil took from the First Class aft deck looking forward, as the Wanganella slowly approached the Sydney Harbour Bridge on her out of the harbour bound for Sydney Heads and the Tasman Sea. These are followed by two photos out on deck, including one when there was quite a swell and she ship swerved to starboard. Part One finishes with a menu from this voyage.








Above and below: As you can see there was quite a swell on this day!




A typical Wanganella Menu cover


That is a fine meal indeed!


Part Two: Auckland to Sydney – November 1960


This is a photograph was taken of the Wanganella in Auckland we also see the Auckland Customs departing


Side on view of the Wanganella, could not get the whole ship in from the wharf, but did get most of her


We departed on November 11, 1960, and departures like this – Where have they gone?

They are but a memory!


It looks like that there could be some stormy seas ahead of us!



Above and below: The stormy seas of the Tasman Sea arrived with a vengeance and it is showing its wild side




Sunny and calm seas has returned for a delightful final days at sea



THANK YOU: Once again, I wish to thank Mr. Neil Higgins for his excellent photographs, but also Mr Stanley Evans for providing other images that originally came from a variety of sources, but has been credited to their original source. Also both have been of great assistance in making these pages what they are! Reuben Goossens.

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Page One - Ships History Page

Page Two - Photo Page

Page Three - Deck Plan & Brochure


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