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Formed in September 1875 in Adelaide, South Australia, by a group of pastoralists and businessmen some whom already had steamship interests in the Spencer Gulf, namely Federal Wharf Co. Ltd, Port Adelaide Dredging Company Ltd and Spencer Gulf Shipping Co. Ltd and incorporated on 8th October 1875
Its promoters included Andrew Tennant, Robert Barr-Smith and Thomas Elder of Elder Smith & Co Ltd. In July 1876 the companyís leading promoters amalgamated their private ship-owning interests to form the Spencerís Gulf Steamship Co Ltd, trading in SA coastal waters. The two companies amalgamated in December 1882. Adelaide Steamship Co was liquidated and reconstructed twice for more efficient and profitable operation, first in 1900 and subsequently in 1920. On 20 January 1915 they took over Coast Steamships Limited, and kept it running as a subsidiary that retained its own identity until 1968. During the 1940s this concern experienced a decline in trade and began to acquire interests in other companies and projects. On 1 Jan 1964 its interstate fleet was merged with that of McIlwraith McEacharn Ltd in a new company, Associated Steamships Ltd in which Adelaide Steamship Co held 40%. Bulkships Ltd in which Adelaide Steamship held a 40% interest in 1965, acquired all the shares in Associated Steamship Ltd in 1968. In 1977 the companyís interest in Bulkships was disposed of, and Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd ceased its connection with ship owning and operating


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ADELAIDE

1883-1931

1,711 gross tons, 917 net. Lbd: 280' x 33'2" x 17'6". Iron Steamship built by D & W Henderson, Glasgow. Held a compounded engine producing 276 nhp with coal fired boilers. Designed as a passenger vessel for the Adelaide Steamship Co's Adelaide - Melbourne service, accomodating 302. Serviced most ports of call on and around Australia. Laid up 1899. 1906 sold to Birt & Co., Sydney , as likely acting as agents, and transferred to Russian registry under ownership of Ellvanger Bros., Vladivostok 1908 renamed Adelaida. Won on a bet in a horse race in 1911 to Kuznetsov Bros., Vladivostok. 1915 renamed Shiten Maru. 1916 of British ownership registered at Hong Kong and renamed Castlefield. 1919 renamed Ralph Moller. 1920 saw new engine installed. 1925 of Chinese ownership and renamed Ho Fung and finally, in 1926 renamed Hwah Yang. April 21st 1931 wrecked at Saddle Island South China seas
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AGNES

1880-1922

78 gross tons, 53 net. Lbd: 87'6" x 20'8" x 5'7". Wooden Steamship built and registered Brisbane 1884 in the name of George Blonde & Joseph McGee. Various unknown owners since until 1907 when acquired by this company. Either 1915 or 1918 sold to A. Jackson of Bunbury then A E Brown shipbuilder Fremantle. No records since 1922
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ALBANY

1862-1905

668 gross tons, 530 net. Lbd: 200'2" x 28'2" x 16'5". Square rigged on the foremast and fore and aft on her main and mizzen, clipper bow. Carried 76 passengers. Named the Claud Hamilton, a passenger ship as built by Charles Mitchell & Co., Tyne England for the Intercontinental Royal Mail Steam Packet Company of London, who changed name 1866 to Panama, New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Acquired by McMeckan, Blackwood & Co., Melbourne April 1869. On a voyage across the Tasman Sea a huge sea washed the captainís cabin, with Captain Rowse inside overboard. He was not found. 1880 owned by Nipper & See. December 1881 Adelaide Steamship Co and eventually renamed Albany after a rebuild (she was lengthened and given a straight stem) during early 1886. Her dimensions bacame 231'3" x 28'4" x 16'5" with gross tonnage to 878. Wrecked off Nambucca Heads New South Wales on March 28th, 1905 whilst under charter to AUSN Co
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ALDINGA (1)

1860-96

423 gross tons, 291 net. Iron steamship, 2 funnels and rigged as a 3 masted barque. Built 1860 by Scott of Greenoch for McMeckan, Blackwood & Co, Melbourne in partnership with S White of Aldinga, Adelaide and J Darwent also of Adelaide. Modified 1862 Lbd: 202'6" x 24'6" x 13'4" with tonnage increased to 446 gross. Worked the Tasman run and Otago. 1871 fully owned by McMeckan, Blackwood & Co. Altered during 1887 with with passenger accomodation removed as well as one funnel and and two masts. Sold August 1877 to Adelaide Steamship Co. Laid up until 1883 then placed on collier run when purchased by E Vickery who traded as the Mount Kembla Coal Co., of Sydney. Wrecked Bellambi reef January 23rd 1896
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ALDINGA (2)

1921-51

3,078 gross tons. Lbd: 331'1" x 46'7" x 23'1". Triple expansion steam engine, 10 knots on 27 tons of coal per day. Cargo vessel laid down as the War Cloud and completed as the Glenstal by Dublin Dockyard Co. for the Limerick S S Co Ltd. Launched 19 February 1920, ran trials 13 May 1920. 1921 bought by Adelaide Steamship Co and renamed Aldinga. 1951 sold to South African owners and renamed Natal Coast. 30 April 1955 ran aground in fog off Walvis Bay with a cargo of timber and palm oil. Declared total constructive loss (Aldinga- Aboriginal word for 'tree district' and/or 'hunting ground')
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ALLARA

1924-53

3,279 gross tons, 1,969 net. Lbd: 340'5" x 47'2" x 23'2". Built by W Beardmore & Co Dalmuir, Glasgow for this concern and registered at Sydney. Cargo vessel that also served as a collier from Newcastle New South Wales to Port Adelaide. Survived torpedo attack 1942 with loss of five crew. May 1952 sold to Greek interests renamed Sanetlena. Broken up at Rosyth 1953 (Allara- Aboriginal word for 'Day or Dawn')
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ALLINGA

1897-1935

2,242 gross tons, 1,406 net. Lbd: 279'7' x 42'5" x 13'. Steel twin screw steamship built by Scott & Co., Greenock for the Adelaide Steamship Co in replacing the Victorian on the coastal routes. Held twin triple expansion engines producing 272 nhp. Could carry 45 passengers plus 60 steerage. Worked the Queensland coast for much of her career, being nicknamed the 'Lingerer' because of her low speed. Also serviced the South Australian ports. Laid up 1919, sold early 1920 to unknown owners and renamed Lorestan. Renamed again in 1925 to Tai Fook Sing. Scrapped at Shanghai in 1935. (Allinga is a 'local aboriginal" ie South Australian tribal word for 'the sun')
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ARKABA

1924-59

4,214 tons, 2,593 net. Lbd: 341'6" x 47'2" x 30'3". Built by W Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir Glasgow. Cargo vessel launched as Arcoona and renamed when arrived upon the Australian shores. February 1952 stranded on a reef off Port Lincoln South Australia and abandoned to underwriters. 1953 arrived under tow at Hong Kong where she was refitted and sold 1954 to the South Australian flour merchant, William Charlick and renamed William Charlick 1V. She then serviced under the auspices of Charlick's Hong Kong sudsidiary. Scrapped in Hong Kong 1959 (Arkaba- Aboriginal word for 'underground waters')
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AROONA

1921-55

3,116 gross tons, 1,863 net. Lbd: 331' x 46'8" x 23'2". Cargo vessel built by W Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir Glasgow as the War Typhoon for Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Middlesborough. 1921 renamed Cape of Good Hope. Acquired 1921 by Adelaide Steamship Co., and renamed Aroona. Sold 1949 to unkown owners and renamed Colon. 1950 sold again renamed Meko. Scrapped at Hong Kong 1955 (Aroona- Aboriginal word for 'flowing water')
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BALDINA

1918-44

4,333 gross tons, 2,591 net. Lbd: 380'6" x 49'2" x 26'7". Steel steamship built Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal as the War Duchess. Acquired 1919 and used as a cargo vessel. April 1934 sold renamed Yung Hwa. 1938 renamed Tensin Maru. Torpedoed by U.S. submarine Icefish October 24th 1944 off China coast
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BAROOTA

1952-70

4,070 gross tons, 2,043 net. Lbd: 403'4" x 53'2" x 22'7". General cargo design steamship built at the Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd, shipyard at Whyalla for the Australian Shipping Board. Her original name was to be Benarson however she was sold on the stocks during early construction in 1950 to this concern and launched as the Baroota during May 1951. Completed February 1952 with Australian Government as registered owner, and re-registered soon after in Adelaide Steamship Company's name. Apart from an internal company transferral to their Operations division in March 1961, she was sold May 1961 to South Breeze Navigation Co Ltd., Hong Kong and renamed Adelaide Breeze. August 1961 converted to burn oil as fuel. 1964 transferred to Panama registry being renamed Antonio Regidor. September 1966 sold to Jeep Fatt Shipping Co Ltd S.A. Panama renamed Jeep Lee. Scrapped Hong Kong early 1970 (Baroota- Aboriginal word for 'hunting place')
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BAROSSA

1938-1969


4239 tons, 2,382 net. Lbd: 367'1" x 50'3" x 24'6". Cargo ship built for the company by Caledon at Dundee. Was heavily damaged in air raids on Darwin WW2. Transferred to Associated Steamships January 1964. Sold May 1964 renamed Cronulla. Damaged in a Typhoon and declared a total wreck. 1969 scrapping began Hong Kong
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BARRIER

1889-1934

2,036 gross tons, 1,290 net. Lbd: 282' x 38' x 18'4". Built by S P Austin Sunderland for this company. Worked as a cargo vessel primarlly out of Port Pirie. Sold to C Crosby, Melbourne, and resold almost immediately to Japanese interests renamed Mogami Maru. Mid April 1934 destroyed by fire whilst transporting a cargo of kerosine
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BARUNGA

1918-44

4,342 gross tons, 2,598 net. Lbd: 380' x 49'2" x 26'7". Triple expansion engine producing 474 nhp. Steel steamship, (cargo) built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal as the War Faith. Later (date unknown) renamed Cape Premier. Post WW1 came under Australian Government Line control. Acquired by Adelaide Steamship Co in January 1921 and renamed Barunga. Sold December 1934 renamed after further sale during 1935 as the Shing Ho. 1938 renamed Seizan Maru. Bombed and sunk by U S aircraft February 23rd 1944 (Barunga- Aboriginal word for 'Meat' or 'Food')
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BELTANA

1937-1963

3,043 gross tons, 1,590 net. Lbd: 357'2" x 48'7" x 20'5". Cargo vessel built by J G Kincaid & Co., Greenoch for this company. Struck Corsair Rock, Point Nepean, Victoria 16 September 1963. After being towed free she was beached off Dromana, Victoria and again refloated. A few days later found so badly damaged she was declared a total constructive loss. Sold, towed to and scrapped in Hong Kong (Beltana- Aboriginal word for 'Running water')
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BORDA

1951-74


4,038 tons, 2,089 net. Lbd: 405'5" x 53'2" x 22'6.5". Steel steamship, general cargo vessel built by Evans Deakin & Co Ltd., Brisbane. Ordered originally by and for the Australian Shipping Board as another of their 'D" class vessels without a name yet allocated. Purchased on the stocks by Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd., in September 1950 and named Borda prior to launching. Completed June 1951. Sold March 1961 to South Breeze Navigation Co Ltd., Hong Kong and renamed Brisbane Breeze. May 1961 converted to burn oil as fuel. April 1964 transferred to Panama registry, under Cia De Nav Palomar S.A. and renamed Jose Regidor. July 1966 transferred to Manners Navigation Co Ltd., Hong Kong and sold the next month, August to Shui Cheung Shipping & Trading Co Ltd., Hong Kong who renamed her Lyemen. Sold again in 1967 and 1970, June being renamed Luk Chau for the Hong Kong Pacific Shipping Co Ltd., Liberia. 1974 sold for demolition at Taiwan
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BRINAWARR

1890-1918

119 gross tons, 73 net. Lbd: 91'2" x 18'4" x 7'5". Wooden steamship built by J Hawken Snr, of Coolangatta, at Shoalhaven New South Wales. (Strange that Coolangatta Queensland on the Tweed River, border of New South Wales and Shoalhaven, well south of that locale are stated as the construction site. Could well be constructed on the Tweed River, Coolangatta and serviced the Shoalhaven district for J Hay,whilst registered at Sydney.) How J Hay employed this vessel is unknown however her dimensions state river work only. October 1893 acquired by the Adelaide Steamship Co and employed as a tender on the Pioneer River, Mackay, Queensland. Sank when span of a bridge collapsed on her during a Cyclone in January 1918. Not salvaged (Brinawarr- Aboriginal word for 'Place of water lilies')
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BROADWAY

1921-1953

722 gross tons, 375 net. Steel steamship, cargo, of 3 masts and machinery aft. Lbd: 178'2" x 30'6" x 12'6". Built Limhamm, Sweden as Lygia. 1923 sold and renamed Durley Hill by Sunderland Steam Shipping Co. Arrived Australia May 1925 for Charles T McGlew of Port adelaide. December 1925 of the Yorke Peninsula Barley producers Ltd, and registered Melbourne. 1926 Peninsula Traders Ltd. These concerns were dissatisfied with Adelaide Steamship Co's service, in a situation where the shipment of their barley caused them to import this vessel for their immediate puposes. All good until the season was complete then found uneconomical to run. In an agreement in 1926, was sold to the Adelaide Steamship Co, where a vessel of similiar standing was always to be made available at the height of the barley shipping season. Sold for scrapping 1953
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BULLARRA

1890-1924

1,725 gross tons, 1,087 net. Single Screw Built Gourlay Bros, Dundee for this concern as a passenger cargo ship. Lbd: 260'2" x 37'2" x 16'5". Triple expansion engine of 241 nhp and capable of 11.5 knots. Serviced the Melbourne - Fremantle trade via Adelaide until 1900 when switched to the mail from Fremantle to the north-west coast of Western Australia. Survived the cyclone 'Balla Balla' of March 1912 that took the passenger ship Koombana without trace. Bullara had her funnel blown down to deck and took to shelter, finally making the port of Cossack in 3 days - a distance of a mere 100 miles. Serviced every passenger service this concern conducted, being capable of accomodating 140. Finalised her days working the Spencer Gulf trade until sold to Japan in January 1915 renamed Kyodo Maru No.15. 1920 Nankai Maru, Dairen. 1921 Yatung, Chefoo. 1924 burnt and sank off Japan. Bullarra is local aboriginal (innamincka tribe) word meaning 'rainbow'
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BUNDALEER

1939-69

4238 gross tons, 2,382 net. Lbd: 367'1" x 50'3" x 24'6". Built by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Dundee as a cargo vessel for this company. Sold 1960 and sailed from Sydney October that year to Hong Kong whre she was renamed Fuching. 1964 renamed Oriental Trader. 1966 renamed Dorinthia and registered Panama. 1968 renamed Arena registered Panama. 1969 scrapped (Bundaleer- Aboriginal word for 'Stony place among the hills')
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BUNGAREE

1937-1966

3,943 gross tons, 1,592 net. Lbd: 357'2" x 48'7" x 20'5". Built by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Dundee as a cargo vessel for the Adelaide Steamship Co., and registered at Melbourne. Triple expansion engine. She was requisitioned as a minelayer during WW2. Sold 1957 to a subsidiary company of H C Sleigh, Melbourne and renamed Dampier. Sold 1960 renamed Eastern Mariner under Panamanian registry. Ironically struck a mine in Saigon River Viet nam May 26 1966 and sank (Bungaree- Aboriginal word for 'Group of humpies')
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BURRA

1908-64+

38 gross tons, 26 net. Lbd: 63'5" x 15'6" x 6'3". Built as a wooden steamship at the Adelaide Steamship Company's workshop at Balmain, Sydney as a tender in that port. Upgraded from a compounded steam engine of 12 horsepower to diesel in 1955 and transferred to Associated Steamships January 1964. Fate unknown (Burra- Aboriginal word for 'Large stone')
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CAMIRA

1894-1941


2,615 gross tons, 1,611 net. Lbd: 312' x 40'2" x 24'7". Built Naval Construction & Armanent, Barrow as Clan Campbell. Triple expansion engine rated 317 nhp. Acquired by the Adelaide Steamship Co in 1913 from Cayzer, Irvine & Co renamed Camira. Sold Jan 1925 and renamed Yung Ming. 1929 renamed Commandant Henri Riviere. Recorded as sunk at Canton, China December 1941
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CANTARA

1894-1930


2,624 gross tons, 1,602 net. Lbd: 312' x 40'2" x 24'7". Triple expansion engine rated 317 nhp. Built Naval Construction & Armanent, Barrow as Clan Ross. Acquired by the Adelaide Steamship Co in 1913 from Cayzer, Irvine & Co renamed. Cantara. 1924 Sold Chinese interests renamed Hwah Cheng/. Scrapped 1930
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CARROO

1897-1954

272 gross tons, 122 net. Lbd 130'5" x 25'1" x 8'9". Built by Edward Bros., North Shield for G S Yuill of London. Steel twin screw steamer. Held twin compound steam engine of 140 inverted horsepower and rated at 7 knots. Acquired September 1897 by Adelaide Steamship Co and rebuilt, refitted, lengthened August 1904 to read: 130' x 25'1" x 8'9". Burnt out 1920 when cargo of case oil caught fire, sold to underwriters, re-bought and refitted 1921. Requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy June 1942. Returned to owners at the end of hostilities. Sold 1954 and made a lighter/logging barge for Maryborough interests (Hopewell Steam Shipping Co Ltd). Renamed Kgari - the aboriginal name for 'Fraser Island' or 'paradise'. Scuttled at Roy Rufus Reef, Hervey Bay, September 19th 1976. (Carroo = aboriginal word for 'creek')
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CEDUNA

1894-1941

2,615 gross tons, 1,614 net. Lbd: 312' x 40'2" x 24'7". 316 nominal horsepower. Built Naval Construction & Armanent Co Ltd., Barrow as Clan Mackay. Acquired 1913 from Cayzer, Irvine & Co renamed. 1924 Sold Chinese interests renamed Tung Tuck. 1937 renamed Chang Teh. 1938 renamed Pananis for the greek owned China-Hellenic Lines. Captured by Japanese December 1941. Fate since unknown (Ceduna- Aboriginal word for 'Sit down and rest')
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CLAUDE

1898-1908

16 tons. Unregistered wooden steamship used as a steam launch Sydney during 1898 - 1908. Sunk by the paddlesteamer Newcastle off Mort's dock, Balmain in November of 1908
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CLAUD HAMILTON

1862-1905

668 gross tons, 530 net. Lbd: 200'2" x 28'2" x 16'5". Square rigged on the foremast and fore and aft on her main and mizzen, clipper bow. Carried 76 passengers. Built as a passenger ship by Charles Mitchell & Co., Tyne England for the Intercontinental Royal Mail Steam Packet Company of London, who changed name 1866 to Panama, New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Acquired by McMeckan, Blackwood & Co., Melbourne April 1869. On a voyage across the Tasman Sea a huge sea washed the captainís cabin, with Captain Rowse inside overboard. He was not found. 1880 owned by Nipper & See. December 1881 Adelaide Steamship Co and eventually renamed ALBANY after a rebuild (she was lengthened and given a straight stem) during early 1886. Her dimensions bacame 231'3" x 28'4" x 16'5" with gross tonnage to 878. Wrecked off Nambucca Heads New South Wales on March 28th, 1905 whilst under charter to AUSN Co
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CLONCURRY

1884-1911

*chartered only*

2,579 gross tons, 1,639 net. Lbd: 300' x 40' x 24'4". Iron steamship built by W Doxford & Sons, Pallion Sunderland for McIlwraith McEacharn & Co Ltd Melbourne and registered London. Compounded engine = 260hp. (Sistership New Guinea) 1885 - 1888 chartered to British India S.N. Co., London. (3rd January 1890 sunk in collision with the steamship Maplebranch in Suez Bay. Refloated, repaired) May 1892 commenced a service to Noumea transporting live cattle from Gladstone, Queensland, making regular voyages until December that year. Registration transferred to Melbourne 1893. She had limited passenger capacity as steerage and worked the West Australian service from Melbourne, up to 1897 as known, in capacity of 'goldfield' passengers and supplying coal for the Government railways under contract. July 1898 chartered to Adelaide Steamship Co. and chartered again from mid 1899. History unknown since until 1904 when sold to Itaya GK, Japan and renamed Yoneyama Maru. Wrecked at Kinkazan, Japan 12 January 1911
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COLAC

1884-1910

1,479 gross tons, 958 net. Lbd: 245'2" x 34'2" x 17'2". Compound surface condensing engine 140 nhp. Iron steamship built as a collier by E Withy & Co West Hartlepool for J Huddart & Partners, Melbourne. Acquired by Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd., October 1886. She was stranded in the vicinity of Derby West Australia September 17th 1910, dismantled and abandoned (Colac- Aboriginal word for 'Native bear' ie 'Koala')
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CRAIGLEE

1889-1904

Cargo steamship built 1889 for SS Craiglee Ltd, Glasgow. 1894 registered at Liverpool. 1896 chartered by Adelaide SS Co and serviced Adelaide - Sydney - Newcastle, likely cargo one way coal return. 1899 owned by C.Radcliffe & Co, Glasgow. 1904 owned by Snowdon SS Co Ltd, Glasgow. 25 September 1904 foundered off Sicily
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CROYDON

1896-1919

69 gross tons, 38 net. Lbd: 76' x 16' x 6'7". Compound surface condensing engine 25 hp. Steel single screw steamship built by Riley, Hargrave & Co., at Singapore in 1896 for unknown owners. First registered in Australia by H Osborne & partners, Fremantle 1899. Sold 1901 to Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd., with intention for service as a lighter at Cossack, Western Australia. Saw employment as a passenger ship on the Albany - Hopetoun - Esperance run in Western Australia on a government mail contract during 1904-5. Abandoned May 1905 to underwriters after sustaining structural strain brought on by bad weather when bound from Western Australia to Port Adelaide. 1913 refitted and re-registered to W R Cave & Co., Adelaide. How she was employed is unknown. Sold 1918 to Huon Shipping & Logging Co., Hobart. May 13th 1919 'sprang' a leak and sank in Savage River west coast of Tasmania. No lives lost. Note: Not the same vessel formerly known as Gunga and renamed Croydon of AUSN Co
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DILGA

1920-53


3,308 gross tons, 1,949 net. Lbd: 331' X 47'9" X 23'5". (100.9 x 14.6 metres) Steel steamship built at the State Government dockyard Newcastle, New South Wales for the Australian Government Line. Cargo vessel. Triple expansion engine 510 nhp. 9.5 knots. Owned by Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd from 1925. Scrapped at Yokohama February 1953
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DILKERA

1902-44

2,667 gross tons, 1,694 net. Lbd: 326' x 45'3" x 21'8". Triple expansion engine 277 nhp. Built by the Tyne Shipbuilding Co, Tyne for this concern. Sold to Moller & Co of Shanghai September 1931, registry transferred to Auckland, New Zealand and renamed Mary Moller. Seized December 8th 1941 by Japanese Government and renamed Kaiko Maru. Sunk by U S aircraft off Hainan Island October 6th 1944 (Dilkera- Aboriginal word for 'Shore')
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DUMARESQ

1910-29

55 tons. Lbd: 68'8" x 16'9" x 6'6". 14 nhp. Wooden steamship built Wollongong New South Wales for unknown owners. 1918 purchased and renamed by Adelaide Steamship Co., and employed as steam tug. Scrapped 1929
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DUNDULA

1920-53


3,344 gross tons, 1,936 net. Lbd: 331' x 47'9" x 23'5". Triple expansion engine = 520 nhp. Built as a cargo vessel at the Commonwealth Naval (Cockatoo Island) dockyard Sydney, New South Wales for the Australian Goverment Line. Sold 1925 to Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd. Sold for scrapping February 1953
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