Abel Tasman VLKT

MV Abel Tasman at Coffs Harbour
MV Abel Tasman at Coffs Harbour. Date unknown. Photo: Howard Bone

Abel Tasman (IMO 5001102) was a 2608-ton general cargo ship built for HC Sleigh (a subsidiary of Union Steam Ship Company) at Aberdeen in 1957. She carried timber between Australian ports and sometimes to New Zealand.

MV Abel Tasman was one of my ships. We loaded hardwood for Auckland and other ports. It was a nice ship but had a very small and cramped radio office.

Coffs Harbour is not used for large ships these days. The jetty is shorter now and it has no cranes. It’s just a nice area for families.

– Howard Bone, R/O

MZ Abel Tasman
MV Abel Tasman, photographed at Napier between 1957 and 1964.
Photo: Harold Martin West, Alexander Turnbull Library

Howard Bone must have thought the food on the ship was pretty good, as he has hung onto these menus for almost 50 years. Thanks for sharing them Howard!

Check out the last one especially, and see if you don’t feel hungry after reading it.

Crew menu for the ship MV Abel Tasman 1970
Courtesy Howard Bone
Crew menu for the ship MV Abel Tasman 1970
Courtesy Howard Bone
Crew menu for the ship MV Abel Tasman 1970
Courtesy Howard Bone

In 1975 Abel Tasman was sold to a Singapore company and renamed Golden Globe. Over the following years she had many changes of name.

The ship was arrested in Bangladesh in 1985 on smuggling charges, and was broken up there in 1989-1990.

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