Merchant ships sailing from Hong Kong to Australia in the very early 1980s

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    Michael Gabout
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    Hi,

    Dear all,

    Does anyone here know of any merchant ships that sailed from Hong Kong to Darwin around 1981?

    I have been told that some ships used to go to Western Australia (especially Fremantle), stopping at Darwin for instance, while other ships headed to the east coast. Anyway, I would like this to be confirmed, so if you have heard of or taken yourselves such trips on a freighter (or an ocean liner or a yacht or whatever that floats) I would love to hear from you.

    Then if you had names, dates, routes or things like that, I would be very happy too.

    Looking forward to your answers,

    Cheers,

    Michael

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    Bob Smith
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    I have just had a long conversation with my Uncle, who was an engineer on the Ben line ships. He worked a lot out of HK and visited Australia a number of times, including Fremantle and Darwin. The time period is earlier than you are researching (50’s and early 60’s) but it might be of some help. I used to live in the East End of London and I can remember going to the reading room of the local library with my late Mother so she could check the paper to see when when my Uncle might dock in London. It was always a big event when he did, and on one occasion brought my mother an exquisitely designed silk dressing gown he had bought in HK.

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