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PERTH

PERTH

Built 1897.

Melbourne Steamship Company, on the Sydney to Fremantle, via Melbourne, run. Wrecked Greymouth, New Zealand, November 1921.

1,799 gross tons, 1,126 net. Lbd 264' x 37' x 16'7".

Steel steamship powered by triple expansion steam engines producing 181 nautical horsepower.

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There has been speculation on the purpose of the additional booms over hatchways on one or two of these Australian-operated ships and the photograph of the "Cycle" nearby where there are no extra booms but clearly sheaves dependent from the triatic stays over the hatchways suggests that they are perhaps used to erect canvas wind chutes to ventilate holds either for cargo purposes or for deck passengers in the tween decks. The types of rigged temporary canvas ventilators that old tankers used to rig to gas-free tanks.
 

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I think that I would agree with you on that Alistair - there are not enough of them and too low to be "Coaling Gaffs" ( see my comments 17/4 to Gordy Ross posting of SS 'Time' on 7/4), and beside that, this vessel was in a different trade.

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Hadn't those 1800+ vessels some capacity to set sails, in case the steam engine failed. It seems not the case here, but it ocurred to me anyway.
 

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Yes, Braz.Felix, one that comes to mind is the SS Ngatoro, owned by the Blackball Coal Co., chartered to and eventually sold to USSCo of NZ. I have a picture somewhere in my files of her with a sail rigged on both foremast and mainmast. She was built in 1910, and was initially a collier operating out of the West coast of the NZ South Island, and is described in "Union Fleet" (Ian Farquhar) as "being equipped with flying derricks suitable for transferring coal bunkers to large vessels."
She spent much of her time with USSCo operating between Tasmanian ports and the Australian mainland.

An interesting period of shipping history I feel.

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