Esperance town population reaches 13,000.
Esperance Port Authority handles in excess of three million tonne of trade in 1966-1997. 127 ships visited the port exceeding the 108 vessels the previous year.
Newly formed company, Esperance Wool Exporters, finalised its first shipment of wool to an overseas market, 328 bales of 22 micron wool to Germany.
People are no longer permitted to fish around the Esperance Tanker jetty artificial reef.