SHIRRABANK in wartime

Here is the 1940 built SHIRRABANK in Melbourne at the end of WW2, still with the liferafts on the mast shrouds. She was one of 3 vessels ordered from Belfast, and her sisters were the ERNEBANK and the ARAYBANK which became transformed to the Italian passenger vessel NAPOLI . ( see the story on this site). The author had a memorable round-the-world trip on the ERNEBANK in 1973. All 3 ships had wood decks and open rails when built.

Photo credit – State Library of Victoria

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