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



The 6,773-ton cargo ship Barpeta (Yard No. 1611) was built by Harland & Wolff in their Govan (Glasgow) yard and launched by Mrs J. H. Fyfe, wife of one of Company’s general managers on 10 March 1960 and delivered on 19 September of the same year.

Ordered by the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., part of a five broadly similar vessels, intended for the Company’s meat, fruit and vegetable trade, she was provided with 42,600 cubic feet of refrigerated capacity.  


The 31,322-ton oil tanker Tindfonn (Yard No. 1597) was launched on 31 January 1961. Ordered by Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger she was delivered on 30 May of the same year.
The ‘engines’ aft design of the vessel was very popular at the time, the main bridge and crew accommodation placed amid-ships.

With improvements in the structural design of long tanker ships the design was further developed with the bridge, crew accommodation and engines all placed in the stern of the vessel giving over greater space for bulk cargos to be carried and to the eventual development of the supertanker.


The turbo-electric powered Canberra (Yard No. 1621) on her trail voyage in Belfast Lough in May 1961. Without doubt the P&O - Orient liner remains one of the most significant and important vessels designed and built at Belfast.

At an estimated construction cost of £17m the 45,270-ton duel purpose ship (passenger liner and cruise ship) incorporated many new features, not least her aluminum superstructure, in order to save weight.

Canberra was launched on 16 March 1960, by her sponsor Dame Pattie Menzies, GBE, wife of the Prime Minister of Australia and named after the country’s capital.

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