These adverts provide fascinating glimpses of shipbuilding and marine engineering on Queen's Island over six decades.



Above, the 17,029-ton passenger ship Braemar Castle (Yard No. 1459) photographed on her trial voyage in November 1952. The steam-turbine powered vessel, a sistership to Rhodesia Castle (Yard No. 1431) and Kenya Castle (Yard No. 1432), belonged to the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd and was launched on 24 April 1952.


Above, the 20,348-ton passenger ship Amazon (Yard No. 1594) was launched for Royal Mail Lines Ltd on 7 July 1959. One of three ‘A’ class liners order by Royal Mail Lines for the Company’s South American services. Constructed in the Musgrave yard, she was fitted out at the deep water wharf and completed in the Thompson Graving Dock.

In this advert the giant DEMAG floating crane, ordered fifty years before to assist in the construction of the ‘Olympic’ class liners Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, was still being employed.

Advert featuring Harland & Wolff's hybrid passenger liner / cruise ship Canberra

In this advertisement, published in late 1959, the advanced design for P&O's as yet unnamed passenger vessel (Yard No. 1621) is featured. Her wraparound streamlined superstructure constructed almost entirely from aluminium allowed for this complex design and also provided a great saving in weight. The vessel was launched from the Musgrave Yard on 16 March 1960 and christened Canberra by Dame Pattie Menzies, wife of the Australian Prime Minister.