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Thank you ,, I found your pages ,, looking for R fricker...
I remember when farming moved from bagged wheat and barley to bulk handling in 1960. The Nelcebee was at Cowell and provided a joy ride for locals out to the Franklin Harbour entrance and back to the jetty. I was about 5 years of age and went on that also serviced many coastal towns in South Australia and there is even a street named after it in Port Broughton.Another ketch I recall was the Milford Crouch which capsized and sank near Cowell in October 1959. I believe there was only one survivor.see web site:,4724381It brings many memories.

Nelcebee's steam engines were built in Glasgow by William King and Co, not locally as stated in the article. They were put on board at McLaren wharf the week after her launching.

I have just found out that my grandfather that I never knew worked on and even was the skipper of this ship....

if anone can help or add anything please let me know as I am interested in my family history 

Peter, I was the last crewman to sign off the Nelcebee in 1982. I have an extensive history archive of the vessel, and I remember my skipper talking about your Grandfather quite a lot. My email address is'; // --> if you want to contact me. Cheers, Chris Frizell.

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