Hunan III

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Hunnan III
IMO /ID No. 6600694.
Type Cargo.
Gross Registered Tonnage 8,966 grt. 5,158 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co. Yard No. 550.
Delivery date March 1966.
Hull Steel.
Decks 2, plus a part 3rd.
Length 488.5 ft. F'c'sle 59 ft. Bridge 31 ft.
Width 66.75 ft.
Depth 39.25 ft.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.
Engine Type Sulzer, 2 stroke, single acting, direct reversing.
Engine cylinders 6.
Engine Power 13,610 bhp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 18 kts.
Power Diesel.
Aspiration Turbocharged.
Boiler Composite, Exhaust gas/fuel oil.
Fuel Diesel/fuel oil.
Propeller Solid, right hand.
Propeller blades 4.
Propeller formation Cast.
Propeller material Phospher bronze.
Launched Oct 23rd. 1965
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Delivered to owner March 1966.


March 1966 delivered to C.N.Co. as a general cargo ship and placed on the Australia - Japan general cargo/wool service. The vessel was faster and more sophisticated than required for the trade. Meanwhile containerisation was rapidly changing cargo handling requirements, and the vessel soon became obsolete.

June 1968. Sold to Companhia Nacional de Nav. (CNN) Lisbon. Renamed "Nacala".

1981. CNN went into voluntary liquidation, and the ship sold to Hierros Ardes S.A, shipbreakers. and the vessel laid up. CNN reformed with the assistance of the Portugese Government, the vessel returned to service.

May 17th.1985. Laid up at Lisbon.

Jan 29th.1986. Arrived at Setubal for breaking up by Joa Luis Russo & Sons. Demolished by September 1986.


Events / Stories

This ship was still being cited as an Awful Example of a Rolls-Royced white elephant in the 1980's; her commercial failure had a big impact on CNCo's thinking.

The late Bryan Gilbert Dixon Ward, who was her Master for her short time in CNCo, made when retired, a very fine model of her.