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UNIQUE ARMY SHIP'S
THHE only ship of its kind ever built, the Army cargo ' A vessel Crusader, of 2,000 tons, arrived at Launces-
ton yesterday with a cargo of heavy machinery. !
(JOMMANDED by Major B. J.
Chestnut, the Crusader is manned entirely by Army personnel. Originally she was intended for the transport of heavy war equipment during the Pacific campaign. She was built at Williamstown (V) about 14 months ago.
She is powered by six diesel en- gines manufactured in Melbourne, and develops 1,200 hp. Auxiliary motors for the generation of power required for lifting gear and light- ing develop an additional 600 hp.
It is estimated the vessel's gener- ; ators would be capable of lighting !
the whole of Launceston. j
The Crusader's cargo is bulldoz- ers, trucks, graders, and other earth moving- equipment and heavy machinery destined for work as- sociated with the expansion of Western Junction and Cambridge aerodromes and housing projects! The vessel is on loan by the Army to the Australian Shipping Control Bd. for urgent transport undertak- ings. In addition to several trips to islands north of Australia to pick up heavy equipment and tanks, she
has transported the bodies of 600 Australian dead from Torokina for interment in the war cemetery at Port Moresby.
Other assignments undertaken were the transport of 800 natives from Aitape, Wewak, Madang, and Torokina, to the dispersal centre at Rabaul and the transport of 44 heavy tanks from Torokina to Syd-
WOl W. B. Law is the only Laun- ceston member of the crew.
Timber urgently needed for housing purposes will be carried on the return voyage to Melbourne. The Crusader will be open for public inspection this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon.