Al Mote's Picture Gallery.
Al Mote and his wife Kim left London bound for Melbourne, Australia in May of 1976. Their first stop was the Greek Island of Crete, and from there to Port Said (Egypt) at the beginning of the Suez Canal. Al and Kim left the ship at Port Said, and took the trip to Cairo, by bus. They visited the pyramids and the museum exhibition of King Tutankhamun.
They met the ship again at the other end of the canal, and continued on to the next stop Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. From Djibouti to Perth, Australia was the longest leg of the trip at sea. Al spent a few of those days seasick in the cabin, hence his absence in the photo taken at the dinner table, where they wore party hats. He does remember "Topsy Turvy" night, when men dressed as women and vice versa, and also the Crossing the Line ceremony on the equator.
Al and Kim stayed in Australia for three years before returning to the UK. From the UK they intended to return to Australia via the USA, but never made it. Al and Kim are both currently living in America, although they are separated now.
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Welcome all visitors to the S.S. Australis Website, which has now been online since 1998!
I will continue to update the site if I receive a new story, or if you have interesting photos taken on the ship during your voyage
on either the southbound, northbound, or on one of the South Pacific cruises. We used to do those trips several times a year
from Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland (New Zealand).
I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from the numerous passengers and crew over many years.
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