MILLERS CANOPUS As Merchant Knight (1952-63), Millers Canopus (1963-66), Lsoo Vung Tau (1966-?). In late 1963 Roderick W. Miller, with Commonwealth Government approval, purchased this tanker in Japan to enter the petroleum transport trade in opposition to overseas interests. Extensive modifications at Singapore ship yards upgraded the ship's facilities to meet Australian Seamen's standards. Renamed Millers Canopus, and had a crew of 42 seamen, including the officers. Sold mid 1966 to the Luzon Stevedoring Co Phillipines. Renamed Lsoo Vung Tau. No further details known.
Formerly part of the collection of Howard Smith Ltd.
Ship builders model of the tanker R W Miller in a glass case. The body is painted in colours of maroon, green and grey, the deck with detailed fittings and superstructure, an Australian merchant flag flying from the stern, within a mahogany framed glazed display case
Inscriptions & markings
plaque on base of model "MODEL BY I R AMIS LIMITED/ LONDON S.W. 20."
Second plaque: " M.V MILLERSCANOPUS/ D/WT 15330 TONS/ DIMENSIONS 475' 0" B P X 67' 4 1/2" B.M X 37' 4" D.M./ BUILDERS-MESSRS SIRE JAMES LAING & SONS LTD. SUNDERLAND/ OWNERS - R.W MILLER & CO. PTY. LTD. SYDNEY/ YARD NO. 796/ 1952"
on model: "MILLERS CANOPUS" painted with white