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Old 06-05-15, 07:39 AM
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Copy of ANRE information "Nella Dan 1962-1987"

Nella Dan, Southern Ocean 1984
Nella Dan, Southern Ocean 1984 (Photo: Martin Betts)
Departure of Nella Dan from Princess Wharf, Hobart 1972Voyage 5, Nella Dan beset near Bunger Hills 1987Nella Dan aground, Buckles Bay Macquarie Island, December 1987View from salvage vessel Lady Lorraine. Nella Dan on fire and sinking.
Without doubt, the most famous of the Lauritzen’s Dan ships to serve ANARE was the Nella Dan.

Commissioned by Lauritzen with considerable input from the Antarctic Division, Nella Dan was named in honour of Nel Law, wife of the AAD Director of the time, Phil Law.

Built by the Aarlborg Shipyard Pty Ltd in 1961, she incorporated all the features of her older sisters, the Thala Dan, Kista Dan and Magga Dan. An ice breaker stern, ice fins and ice knife were becoming regular features, but a novel addition was the double hull in the engine room and part of the holds.

The ascent to the crow’s nest was through the interior of the mast, and the ship supplied its own fresh water with an Atlas generator. At the time of her construction, the Nella Dan was regarded as setting the standard for polar vessels. Her specifications included:

main engine turbo charged Burmeister & Wain diesel, with an output of 2500 IHP (Indicated Horse Power) at 300 rpm. The propeller blades were reversible.
length overall 75.5 metres
breadth moulded 14.3 metres
draft fully loaded 6.268 metres
speed 12.5 knots
bunker capacity 736.2 tons
fuel consumption approximately 8 tons per day
passenger capacity originally 34 in one two-berth and ten four-berth cabins, most of which were wood paneled
permanent helicopter deck of about 100 square metres on the aft deck
a special built-in shaft extended from the promenade deck to the bottom of the ship for use in hydrographic surveys. The shaft was also designed to facilitate the installation of special echo sounders.
A novel addition to shipboard domestic operations was the installation of a dishwasher.

Nella Dan sailed to the Antarctic every year of the 26 years she was charted by ANARE.
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