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Old 31st August 2011, 11:36
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Hi ,

Does anyone have any information about the "Dalgoma" ? It was Built 1923 and scrapped 1946 . Does anyone have information about her duties in WW2 . Any other information would be appreciated.

Many Thanks.

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Old 31st August 2011, 11:52
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Do a Google search for "vessel Dalgoma". There are links to various Convoy details amongst the various items.

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Old 16th January 2014, 15:04
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If this is the same MV Dalgoma, then my grandfather joined it in Bombay in 1933. It arrived back at Victoria Docks in August of that year.
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Old 29th January 2017, 17:19
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During January 1926 the Dalgoma made her first trip to Australia, departing Calcutta on January 5th, stopping en-route at Singapore, leaving there on January 11th for Fremantle. The ship arrived at Fremantle on January 19th, sailing the next day for Port Adelaide and arriving there on January 25th. The ship's cargo included 1,000 tons of Indian produce and gunnies.
The Argus, Melbourne January 30th 1926 reports: According to the pilot who brought the ship to a berth in Victoria Dock Melbourne British India Line motor ship Dalgoma waa the easiest vessel to handle of those he had brought into a berth. The Dalgoma is one her first visit to Melbourne, with pasengers and cargo from Calcutta. The ship is in charge of Captain E de G Diamond.
The February 9th 1926 issue of The Advertiser, Adelaide reported:
Interfered With Sydney, February 8th.
Smoke from the bush fires raging in Victoria and Southern New South Wales is delaying inter-State shipping, and big steamers have been compelled to alter their course. The officers of the motor ship Dalgoma, which arrived in Sydney from Calcutta to-day stated that round Gabo Island and Wilson's Promontory the smoke was so thick that the vessel had to slow down, and finally her course had to be altered to enable her to get into a clearer atmosphere. Whilst in the smoke it was possible for those on board to see only a few yards ahead. The officers considered that smoke and ashes were carried fully 50 miles out to sea. The steamers Nerbudda and Katoomba had a similar experience. Dalgoma arrived Sydney Feb 8th 1926.
On February 16th 1926 the Dalgoma departed Sydney for Newcastle, later clearing the Newcastle Customs House destined for Rangoon.
Perth, May 12th 1931: the local newspaper reported:
Shipping Delayed. Mailboats rough trip - The movements of shipping along the West Australian coast have been seriously affected by the continuance of the storm. More than half a day late in her passage from the Eastern States, the mailboat Maloja reached port last night after battling against mountainous seas from Cape Leeuwin northwards. The interstate freighter Lowana was reported to be sheltering along the southern coast, and the overseas freighter Dalgoma, which was sighted off Bottnest Island on Saturday night, Sunday, and yesterday morning, put to sea again later in the day to await a moderation of the gale. An unsuccessful attempt to reach a berth in the harbour was made yesterday morning by the freighter Tuakina, which anchored in Gage Roads on Saturday. The vessel lost an anchor and portion of a length of costly cable in the Roads. When endeavouring to come alongside Victoria Quay, with the aid of two tugs, the Turakina was struck by a violent squall, and the task of manoeuvring the boat became so difficult that the pilot sought an anchorage in the Roads. Early in the afternoon the vessel was moored safely inside the harbour. The ship's officers reported that the passage from Cape Leeuwin was one of their worst experiences on the Australian coast.
Perth May 13th 1931 : The slight moderation of the gales permitted the motor vessel Dalgoma which put to sea after being sighted off Rottnest Island at the weekend, to make an anchorage in Gage Roads yesterday. At Perth the ship would load 7,000 tons of wheat.
May 20th 1931 : The recent cyclone which devastated the sugar cane crop in Mauritius, was the worst storm which had visited the island since 1802 according to Mr L B Jenkin an officer of the British India fleet, who was visiting Fremantle on the motor vessel Dalgoma. Mr Jenkin said yesterday that the cyclone lasted three days. Mauritius produced about 250,000 tons of sugar annually, and the whole of the output was absorbed by Great Britain. - The Western Australian (Perth) May 20th 1931
The Dalgoma sailed on June 4th 1931 from Fremantle for Bombay with a cargo of wheat.
The Houston Everest Flight April 1933:
Whilst the Dalgoma and the vast majority of its cargoes have long since passed into the cobwebs of history, two of the items shipped on the Dalgoma during February 9th 1933 gained historical significance two months later. The two items, a Westland PV3 biplane and a Westland Wallace biplane travelled from the United Kingdom to India, being unloaded at Karachi during March 1933. These two aircraft would form the Houston Everest Flight led by Air Commodore Fellowes, becoming the first aircraft to fly over Mount Everest, making two such flights during April 1933.
When the Dalgoma arrived in London just before Christmas in 1935 its cargo included twelve monkeys from Bombay. The monkeys escaped before disembarkation and, although most were soon recaptured, two made it into the rigging and one was still there when the ship sailed for Hull. The renegade monkey returned to the deck before the ship reached the Humber. (P&O Heritage Collection)
The Dalgoma survived World War II, being noted in quite a variety of convoys. At the start of hostilities in September 1939 the Dalgoma was active in the Mediterranean working between Port Said, Alexandria, Gibraltar and Liverpool.
During 1940 further convoys were worked to Gibraltar, but no longer venturing into the Mediterranean. Much time was spent between British ports, although at least one trip is recorded as reaching Freetown, Sierra Leone during November 1940.
A trip across the North Atlantic took place during June/July 1941, with another sailing to Freetown in September as well as shorter journeys between British ports. Freetown was also visited during early 1942.
1943 & 1944 found the Dalgoma operating across the Indian Ocean, including such ports as Durban, Bandar Abbas, Bombay & Columbo. Ironically about a month after the war ended in Europe the Dalgoma suffered damage in an incident at Fremantle.
The Western Australian, Perth October 5th 1945:
Work has started on the lightening of the coal hulk Samuel Plimsoll in Fremantle harbour, preliminary to an attempt to raise the vessel. The hulk, with about 1,300 tons of coal on board, sank as the result of a collision with the British India freighter Dalgoma in June last (1945). Since then the hulk has been lying on the bottom of the harbour near the railway bridge with only her masts showing above the water. The Dalgoma arrived at Fremantle in ballast on June 17th and during a severe gale the vessel grounded on a bank (Success Bank) outside the harbour. Later the vessel lost both her anchors and was refloated under her own steam. The vessel entered the harbour the next day and while coming to a berth came into collision with the Samuel Plimsoll, which was coaling a vessel at Victoria Quay. The wind caught the hulk and she was blown into the stream and sank near the railway bridge. The Dalgoma was in port some weeks undergoing repairs. A famous sailing ship in her day, the Samuel Plimsoll has been a coal hulk in Fremantle harbour for 40 years. She was built at Aberdeen in 1869.
The Samuel Plimsoll is reported to have finally sunk on June 18th 1945 and was eventually raised in sections and dumped on the wreck site of the Lygnern, Beagle Rocks, south of the South Mole.
The Argus MELBOURNE October 9th 1945:
(reporting on the arrival from India of the Reynella, previously the Italian owned Remo)
....the vessel also brought an anchor and three lengths of anchor chain, weighing nearly 10 tons in all, belonging to the Dalgoma, which is berthed at South Wharf. The anchor and chain were lost by the Dalgoma several months ago during a gale in Fremantle harbour, and were recently recovered from the harbour floor.
The Dalgoma is recorded as still being present at Fremantle on August 17th 1945, but had reached Melbourne by at least September 10th 1945 and remained here under repair until about December 12th 1945.
On December 13th 1945 the Dalgoma sailed for Bombay.
About February 1947 the Dalgoma was sold for scrap to Belgian ship breakers for about 6,000. The ship would be scrapped at Ghent.
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