Sister ship ‘Seaway king’ was launched at Whyalla on Thursday 16th January 1964 and christened by Mrs. A.T. Waugh, wife of the company’s General Manager.
By March 1964 the engines for ‘Seaway Queen’ and ‘seaway King’ had been installed supervised by impending chief engineers Mr. T.F.Reiman (Seaway Queen) and Mr.W..Quirk (Seaway King).
Captain J.C. Young was appointed to command Seaway Queen and sea trials took place in the Spencer Gulf .
Seaway Queen was completed and handed over on the 29th of May 1964. There was some delay in obtaining a full crew. The ship loaded 200 tons of ‘Pig Iron’ as ballast in Whyalla before proceeding on the delivery voyage to Melbourne where she was dry docked and given a fresh coat of paint.
Seaway Queen loaded cargo in Melbourne for Hobart on the maiden voyage on Friday 12th of June 1964, Captain J.C. Young in Command.
Captain F.C.Peele relieved Captain J.C.Young as master of Seaway Queen on the second voyage. On completion of Seaway King, Captain J.C. Young made the delivery Voyage to Sydney.
A weekly service was established between Melbourne – Hobart – Melbourne, serviced by Seaway Queen. Seaway King serviced Sydney – Hobart – Sydney,. on a weekly basis.
The runs ultimately changed with both ships each servicing all three ports in a Sydney – Hobart- Melbourne – Hobart – Melbourne – Hobart – Sydney pattern on a fortnightly basis.
Seaway Queen departing Hobart Princes Wharf : Photo Ships Nostalgia.
N.B. in the latter years of service Seaway King’s main Top Mast was panted black due to constant fouling by smoke from the funnel.
To be continued.