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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 21 Life on the move In Januar y 1959, Motor News reported that the ferry was being fitted out in Newcastle: The Australian National Line has advised the R.A .C .T. of the following particulars of the vessel: Full loading in the tourist season – 101 medium cars, two PMG mail pantechnicons, eight semi-trailer transports. There CANNOT be free access to the vehicles en route. Close parking on board does not permit it, nor would it be prudent in the prevention of pillage and chance incendiarism. The same edition warned that ‘Ferry Tour ists Will Add To Traffic Problems’. It is planned that the ferry will berth in Devonport, which means that regularly a veritable mass of motorists will land there ... Unless traffic conditions in Devonport improve considerably, the visitors may be under the impression that it is safer to travel by other means in this State. In February 1959 the RACT announced it would open an office in Devonport and was also negotiating to open an office in the new ferry terminal. March Motor News reported that a big dredging plan has been carried out in Devonport and that ‘ultra-moder n’ passenger terminals were well under construction in Melbourne and Devonport. The next month fare structures were released and Motor News reported that 334 passengers could travel in single, double and four-berth cabins as well as three comfor table lounges. Lounge seat £3/15/- 4-berth cabin £4/10/- 2-berth cabin £6/-/- Single-berth cabin £10/10/- Vehicles ranged in price from £17 to £23 retur n, and there was an additional £4/-/- in wharfage charges. The response to the release of tariffs must have been ver y positive, because in May, Motor News was reporting a big demand, w ith some voyages over the Christmas period already booked out. Grow ing excitement about the new ser vice led to Premier Eric Reece lamenting that the establishment of new secondar y industries was preferable to a new fer ry. He pointed out that the Princess of Tasmania would only replace the old Taroona – she didn’t represent an additional ship on Bass Strait, the Premier said. Motor News responded v igorously in defence of the new ship, arguing that the Princess would introduce a new type of tourist: He will bring his own car whereas previously he had to rely largely on public transport ... and he will reach parts of Tasmania that were inaccessible to the old type of tourist. The excitement about the new ship came to a head in the October edition, with a welcome message splashed across the front page. There were stories covering all aspects of the ship, even the eng ine. Motor ists were advised what to expect when they used the vessel: Having parked in the vehicle deck as directed, drivers must turn off the ignition, leave the car in low gear, put the hand brake on, and leave the ignition keys in the car... The Princess of Tasmania was sold in 1972 and then spent another 33 years on the world’s oceans, with names such as Majorca Rose and Shahd Fayez, before her inevitable end at the none-too-gentle hands of the breakers’ blowtorches in March 2005, after 46 years of service and 10 different names.
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011