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Adelaide Steamship Co.

The Adelaide SS Co. was formed in 1875 at the time of the Victorian and New South Wales gold rushes to operate Australian coastal passenger and cargo services. The company expanded rapidly and in 1915 took over the Coast Steamship Co. By the second world war, the company owned 30 ships and after the war, the company diversified into towage, shipbuilding, salt, coal, sugar industries etc. In 1958 the company purchased a large share in Bulkships Ltd and by 1968 owned 50% with McIlwraith McEacharn Ltd owning the other half. In 1964 the two companies merged to form Associated Steamships Ltd. Thomas Nationwide Transport was accepted as a one third partner in 1970 in exchange for their holding in R. W. Miller & Co., tanker owners and Adelaide SS Co. still holds a quarter interest in Bulkships Ltd.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

  • Routes:
    • Australian Coastal

Funnel:
dark buff with black top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adelaide 1883 1906 sold to Birt & Co., Sydney, 1908 sold to Russia renamed Adelaida, 1915 sold to Japan renamed Shinten Maru, 1915 CASTLEFIELD, Shanghai, 1919 RALPH MOLLER, Shanghai, 1925 HO FUNG, Shanghai, 1927 HWAH YANG, Shanghai, 1931 wrecked off Saddle Island, Heishan. 1,711
Albany   see Claude Hamilton.  
Aldinga (1) 1860 1877 purchased, 1883 sold to Mt. Kembla Coal & Oil Co., 1896 wrecked. 456
Aldinga (2) 1920 ex- Glenstal, 1921 purchased from Limerick SS Co., Limerick renamed Aldinga, 1951 sold to Neptune Shipping Co., Durban renamed Natal Coast, 1955 wrecked.in fog near Walvis Bay. 3,078
Allara 1924 1952 sold to Panama renamed Santelena, 1954 scrapped. 3,279
Allinga 1897 1920 sold to Hong Kong, 1921 renamed Lorestan, 1925 Tai Fook Sing, Canton, 1935 scrapped. 2,242
Arcoona 1924 1925 renamed Arkaba, 1952 grounded at Port Lincoln and abandoned to underwriters. Sold to W. Charlick Ltd, Hong Kong, repaired and 1954 renamed William Charlick 4, 1959 scrapped. 4,211
Arkaba   see Arcoona.  
Aroona 1918 ex- War Typhoon, ex- Cape of Good Hope, 1921 purchased from Mitchell Cotts & Co., London renamed Aroona, 1949 sold to Honduras renamed Colon, 1950 MEKO, 1955 scrapped. 3,116
Baldina 1918 ex-War Duchess, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Baldina, 1934 sold to Shanghai renamed Yung Hwa, 1938 sold to Japan renamed Tenshin Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS ICEFISH. 4,333
Baroota 1952 1961 sold to John Manners Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Adelaide Breeze, 1964 sold Panama renamed Antonio Regidor, 1966 JEEP LEE, Panama, 1969 scrapped. 4,070
Barossa 1938 1964 sold to John Manners & Co., Hong Kong renamed Cronulla, 1965 transferred to Panama registry, 1969 scrapped. 4,239
Barrier 1889 1914 sold to Wm. Crosby & Co., Sydney, 1915 sold to Japan renamed Mogami Maru, 1934 burnt and sank off Mikisaki Lighthouse. 2,036
Barunga 1918 ex- War Faith, ex- Cape Premier, 1921 purchased from Mitchell Cotts & Co., London renamed Barunga, 1935 sold to China renamed Shing Ho, 1938 sold to Japan renamed Seizan Maru, 1944 bombed and sunk by U.S. Navy. 4,342
Beltana 1937 1963 grounded in Port Philip Bay, scrapped. 5,170
Borda 1951 1961 sold to South Breeze Nav. Co., Hong Kong renamed Brisbane Breeze, 1964 sold Panama renamed Jose Regidor, 1966 LYEMEN, Hong Kong, 1970 LUK CHAU, Liberia, 1974 scrapped. 4,038
Brinawarr 1890 1893 purchased from J. Hay, NSW, Jan.1918 sunk in Pioneer River, Mackay when a bridge, weakened by a cyclone collapsed on top of the ship. n/a
Broadway 1921 ex- Lygia, ex- Durley Hill, 1923 renamed Broadway, 1926 purchased from Peninsular Traders Ltd, Melbourne, 1953 scrapped. 738
Bullarra 1890 1915 sold to E. P. de Beer, Adelaide, 1915 sold to Japan renamed Kyodo Maru No.15, 1920 NANKAI MARU, Dairen, 1921 YATUNG, Chefoo, 1924 burnt and sank off Japan. 1,725
Bundaleer 1939 1960 sold to China Pacific Nav. Co., Hong Kong renamed Fuching, 1964 sold to Panama renamed Oriental Trader, 1966 DORINTHIA, Panama, 1968 ARENA, Panama, 1969 scrapped. 4,238
Bungaree 1937 1957 sold to Hong Kong renamed Dampier, 1960 sold to Panama renamed Eestern Mariner 1966 mined and sunk in Saigon River, 1968 salvaged by Japanese renamed Kitagawa Maru No.15, 1968 scrapped. 3,043
Burra 1908 steam tender in Sydney, 1963 transferred to Associated Steamships Ltd. n/a
Camira 1894 ex- Clan Campbell, 1913 purchased from Clan Line renamed Camira, 1925 sold to Shanghai renamed Yung-Ning, 1927 transferred to French registry, 1928 renamed Commandant Henri Riviere, 1935 transferred to Chinese registry, 1941 sunk by enemy action. 2,615
Cantara 1894 ex- Clan Ross, 1913 purchased from Clan Line renamed Cantara, 1924 sold to Shanghai renamed Hwah Cheng, 1930 scrapped. 2,602
Carroo 1897 1954 sold to Hopewell Steam Shipping Co., Maryborough, Queensland. 281
Ceduna 1894 ex- Clan Mackay, 1913 purchased from Clan Line renamed Ceduna, 1924 sold to Shanghai renamed Tung Tuck, 1937 Chang Teh, 1937 sold to Greece renamed Pananis, 1941 seized by Japan renamed Shinyo Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS PADDLE. 2,615
Claude 1898 steam tender, 1908 sunk in collision in Sydney Harbour. 16
Claude Hamilton 1862 1882 purchased, 1885 rebuilt to 889 tons, renamed Albany, 1905 grounded Nambucca Heads and broke up. 574
Colac 1884 1887 purchased from E. Withy & Co., West Hartlepool, 1910 grounded King Sound, Western Australia and hulked. 1,479
Croydon 1896 1899 purchased, 1905 grounded Hopetoun, W.A and abandoned. 69
Dilga 1920 1925 purchased from Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers, Newcastle, NSW, 1953 scrapped. 3,308
Dilkera 1902 1931 sold to Shanghai renamed Mary Moller, 1941 seized by Japan renamed Kaiko Maru, 1944 sunk by U.S. air attack. 2,698
Dumaresq 1910 ex- Kincumber, 1918 purchased renamed Dumaresq, 1929 dismantled and scuttled off Mackay. 55
Dundula 1920 1925 purchased from Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers, Sydney, 1953 scrapped. 3,344
Echunga 1907 1916 requisitioned by Admiralty, converted to tanker,1917 torpedoed and sunk near Ouessant. 4,589
Emu 1876 1882 purchased, 1902 sold for trading out of New Caledonia. 616
Faidherbe 1942 tug, ex- Empire Sinew, 1954 purchased from Union des Remoq de L'Ocean, Dakar and sank with all hands off South Africa on delivery voyage. 260
Ferret 1871 1883 purchased, 1920 wrecked on Yorke Peninsular. 460
Flinders (1) 1874 1882 purchased, 1900 sold. 521
Flinders (2) 1878 1927 ? burnt out Port Adelaide and used as a hulk. 948
Franklin 1880 1882 taken over with Spencer's Gulf SS Co. 1902 grounded on Point Malcolm, W.A and broke up. 730
Goondi 1923 ex- Gartmore, 1926 purchased from J. Broadfoot, Sydney renamed Goondi, 1955 sold to Wilson Hart & Co., Maryborough, Queensland converted to lighter and renamed Goori. 346
Grantala 1903 1915 sold to French Line renamed Figuig, 1934 scrapped. 3,655
Herbert 1882 1896 purchased from United SS Co., Launceston, 1932 dismantled and hull sold to Cleveland Foundry, Townsville, later used as beacon marker in Myrmidon Passage, Great Barrier Reef. 302
Innamincka 1890 1916 sold to D. McDonald, Adelaide, 1920 sold to Hong Kong, 1921 renamed Seistan, 1941 sunk by Japanese air attack in Manila Bay. 2,501
Investigator 1882 1884 taken over with Spencer's Gulf SS Co., 1918 grounded on Wardany Island and broke up. 605
Junee 1907 1932 sold to Norway renamed Goviken, 1933 sold to China renamed Sheng Lee, 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong, salvaged by Japanese renamed Shori Maru, 1945 torpedoed and sunk by USS SEGUNDO. 2,218
Kadina 1897 1924 sold to Japan renamed Taikei Maru, 1932 went missing, presumed lost in ice. 2,709
Kalgan 1961 tug. no further info. 81
Kapara 1914 1926 purchased from Adelaide Steam Tug Co., Adelaide, 1942 wrecked on Flinders Island. 846
Karalta 1953 1961 sold to Garrick Agnew Pty Ltd, Perth. 388
Karaweera 1882 1896 purchased from Harrold Bros, Adelaide, 1902 grounded in Fitzroy River and broke up. 1,613
Katoora 1927 1960 sold to Keith Hollands Shipping Pty Ltd, Cairns, 1987 condemned as unseaworthy. 327
Kepler 1886 1909 purchased, 1910 grounded at Hopetoun, W.A and broke up. 64
Kolya 1888 ex- Kirklands, 1897 purchased from J. R. Cuthbertson & Co., Glasgow renamed Kolya, 1912 sold to Warner, Barnes & Co., Sydney, 1916 sold to Homg Kong, 1920 renamed Roberto Figueras, 1922 sold to Manila, 1924 scrapped. 1,801
Konanda 1955 1961 sold to Pearl Kaspar Shipping Co., New Zealand. 414
Koombana 1908 1912 sank in cyclone with all hands near Port Hedland ; loss of 150 lives. 3,688
Koorie 1909 tender, 1963 transferred to Associated Steamships. 25
Korara 1947 ex- Quirina, 1953 purchased, 1961 sold to John Burke Ltd, Brisbane. 388
Lammeroo 1905 ex- Highland Laddie, 1907 purchased from Nelson Line renamed Lammeroo, 1931 sold to China renamed Shun Foo, 1933 scrapped. 3,796
Lubra 1860 1882 purchased, 1898 wrecked in Jurien Bay, W.A. 321
Maltara 1946 ex- Ino, 1954 purchased from Bristol S.N. Co., Bristol, renamed Maltara, 1959 sold to Acco Transport Ltd, Adelaide, 1967 sold Panama renamed Sandy, 1974 sold Indonesia renamed Bagas, 1984 scrapped. 957
Manoora 1935 1961 sold to Indonesian Government renamed Ambulombo, 1965 AFFAN OCEANA, 1966 AMBULOMBO, 1972 sank off Luzon on passage to shipbreakers in Taiwan. 10,856
Manunda 1929 1956 sold to Japan renamed Hakone Maru, 1957 scrapped. 9,155
Marloo 1891 ex- Francesco Crispi, 1895 purchased from Italo-Britannica Royal Italian Mail S.N. Co., Naples renamed Marloo, 1914 grounded Fraser Island, Queensland and broke up. 2,628
Marra 1955 1965 sold to Department of Army renamed John Monash. 1,396
Mary 1894 tender, 1901 sold to J. G. Fearnley, Cairns. 89
Meringa 1958 1964 transferred to Associated Steamships. 1977 sold to Hull Investments Ltd, Australia, 1979 sold Panama. 5,459
Merriwa 1915 ex- Willy Rickmers, Rickmers Line, ex-Gertrud, 1920 war reparations renamed Merriwa, 1928 sold to Germany renamed Ditmar Koel, 1939 Kate Grammerstorf, 1941 mined and sunk. 5,629
Milluna 1914 ex- Mabel Rickmers, Rickmers Line, ex-Franziska, 1921 war reparations renamed Milluna, 1931 sold to European Shipping Co., London, 1933 sold to Italy renamed Mouni, 1936 Tembien, 1942 torpedoed and.sunk by HMS UPHOLDER. 5,681
Minkara 1954 1964 transferred to Associated Steamships. 2,616
Minnipa 1927 1960 sold to Panama renamed Mayon, 1963 scrapped. 2,014
Mintaro 1889 ex- Larnaca, 1899 purchased from G. M. Steeves & Co., Liverpool renamed Mintaro, 1914 sold to Japan renamed Tasei Maru, 1921 DAIBOSHI MARU, 1951 scrapped. 2,287
Momba 1926 1954 sold to Ken Waihi Shipping Co., New Zealand renamed Ken Waihi, 1955 sold Italy renamed Due Golfi, 1972 scrapped. 3,021
Moonta (1) 1892 ex- La Serena, 1899 purchased from W. Dobson & Co., Newcastle renamed Moonta, 1913 sold to W. Crosby, Adelaide, 1915 sold to Japan renamed Tokei Maru, 1931 scrapped. 2,266
Moonta (2) 1931 1955 sold to Hellenic Mediterranean Line renamed Lydia, 1967 beached at South of France for use as a hotel / restaurant. 2,693
Morialta (1) 1911 1920 sold to Hong Kong renamed Hailoong, 1922 sold to Newcastle & Hunter River SS Co., Newcastle, NSW, 1942 beached after collision with s/s NEO HEBRIDAIS and scrapped. 1,848
Morialta (2) 1940 1957 sold to John Burke Ltd, Brisbane renamed Waiben, 1964 JACQUES DEL MAR, New Caledonia, 1968 LONGLIFE, Panama, 1970 ROYAL MARTIN, Panama, 1973 ISLAND PEARL, Panama, 1973 sank near Vung Tau. 1,365
Mulcra 1925 1961 sold to Panama renamed La Trinidad, 1964 TASANEE, 1972 ANDES, 1975 VENG-AN, 1976 scrapped. 1,175
Mundalla   see Mundoo.  
Mundoo 1926 1926 renamed Mundalla, 1960 sold to Southern Shipping Co., Singapore, 1962 sold Hong Kong renamed Adele Beam, 1964 Perola, 1965 transferred to Panama registry, 1970 scrapped. 3,018
Mundoora 1960 1964 transferred to Associated Steamships Ltd. 4,116
Muriel 1881 1894 purchased, 1926 sold to Hayles Magnetic Island Pty Ltd, Townsville, 1930s scrapped. 108
Nalpa 1918 ex- Solholm, 1921 purchased from Norway renamed Nalpa, 1937 sold to Australasian United S.N. Co. renamed Buranda, 1946 sold China renamed Chung Foo, 1955 deleted from Lloyds Register. 618
Nardoo 1902 1922 sold to Trinder, Anderson & Co., resold to Japan renamed Futami Maru, 1927 wrecked off Utsuryo Island. 2,907
Noora 1924 ex- Ornais, 1926 purchased from P. Duval, Trouville renamed Noora, 1956 sold to Hong Kong renamed King Bee, 1957 wrecked near Amoy. 1,072
Oorama 1921 1949 sold to Wallarah Coal Co., Sydney renamed Tuggerah, 1956 scrapped. 1,053
Otway 1872 1883 purchased, 1892 sold to New Caledonia, 1897 returned to Australian flag, 1913 scrapped. 563
Ouraka 1890 1914 sold to Japan renamed Yei Maru No.2, 1930 sold to China renamed Ying Ping, 1941 seized by Japan renamed Hasshu Maru, 1944 bombed and sunk off New Guinea. 2,637
Paringa 1908 1935 sold to China but lost on delivery voyage. 1,336
Pelican 1880 tender, 1941 sold to Berthelsen Bros, Mayborough, Queensland. 82
Penola 1863 1885 renamed Perth, 1887 wrecked off Point Cloates, W.A. 414
Perth   see Penola.  
Quorna 1912 ex- Warrener, 1913 purchased from Australian Steamships Ltd, Melbourne renamed Quorna, 1949 partially dismantled, 1950 hulk sunk as bombing target. 606
Rob Roy 1867 1883 purchased, 1901 hulked. 393
Royal Shepherd 1853 1882 purchased, 1886 sold to N.S.W. Government and used for garbage disposal, 1890 sunk in collision. 331
Rupara 1906 1920 sold to Hong Kong, 1921 Sold to Manila, 1923 renamed Heras, 1924 renamed Malaya, 1924 wrecked near Amoy. 1,368
South Australian 1876 1898 sold to Sydney owners, later wrecked, salvaged and sold to Fiji as a hulk. 716
Tarcoola 1902 1932 sold to Australian Tramp Steamers, resold to China renamed Pei An, 1941 seized by Japan, trace lost. 2,647
Terka 1925 ex- Sir Dudley de Chair, 1928 purchased from Dorman Long & Co., Sydney renamed Terka, 1941 requisitioned by Royal Australian Navy, 1945 capsized and sank at Madang. 430
Tolga 1925 ex- Dorlonco, ex- Sir T. Hugh Bell, 1930 purchased from Dorman Long & Co., Sydney renamed Tolga, 1942 requisitioned by Royal Australian Navy, 1946 scuttled off New Guinea as unseaworthy. 418
Toorie 1925 ex- Sir Arthur Dorman, 1928 purchased from Dorman Long & Co., Sydney renamed Toorie, 1940 - 1943 requisitioned by Royal Australian Navy, 1956 sold to Panama and scrapped. 414
Troubridge 1961 1971 sold to South Australian Government. 1,996
Tully 1910 1926 purchased, 1927 wrecked Johnstone River, Queensland. 115
Uco 1919 tug, ex- St. Kitts, 1926 purchased from The Admiralty, London renamed Uco, 1952 transferred to Waratah Tug & Salvage Co. renamed St. Kitts, 1962 scrapped. 386
Ulooloo 1924 1957 sold to John Manners & Co., Hong Kong renamed Clyde Breeze, 1962 sold to Panama renamed Hankong, 1962 scrapped. 3,236
Uraidla 1902 tug, ex- Rob Roy, 1902 purchased renamed Uraidla, 1927 sold to Adelaide Steam Tug Co., 1949 scrapped. 168
Urilla 1907 1931 sold to China renamed Shun Kong, 1935 HENG MEI, 1935 LEE PING, 1937 shelled and sunk by Japanese warships at Nantao. 1,985
Uta 1927 tug, 1950 sold to Hong Kong. n/a
Victorian 1876 1895 burnt out at Sydney and hulked, 1925 scuttled. 718
Wakefield 1896 1910 sold to British New Guinea Developement Co., Queensland. 79
Wandilla 1912 1921 sold to Furness Withy & Co. renamed Fort St. George, 1935 sold to Lloyd Triestino renamed Cesarea, 1938 renamed Arno, 1940 Italian Navy hospital ship,1942 torpedoed and sunk by British aircraft. 7,785
Warilda 1912 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UC.49 in English Channel while serving as hospital ship. 7,713
White Heather 1902 tender, 1908 sunk in collision in Sydney Harbour. 23
Willochra 1913 1919 sold to Furness Withy & Co. renamed Fort Victoria, 1929 sunk in collision with s/s ALGONQUIN in New York Harbour. 7,784
Willyama 1897 1907 wrecked Marion Bay, South Australia. 2,704
Winfield 1900 1903 purchased from Hickie, Borman & Co., London, 1919 sold to Greece renamed Aristides Bistis, 1921 N. HADZIKYRIAKOS, 1924 CHRYSSANTHI, 1934 scrapped after stranding damage. 3,215
Wollowra 1891 ex- Silvio Spaventa, 1895 purchased from Italo-Britannica Royal Italian Mail S.N. Co., Naples renamed Wollowra, 1915 sold to Hong Kong, 1921 sold to China, 1922 sold to Spain renamed Iberia, 1928 scrapped. 2,631
Wortanna 1922 1957 grounded in Mourilyan Harbour and abandoned. 228
Yankalilla 1907 ex- Lady Lewis, 1912 purchased from Tatem S.N. Co., Cardiff renamed Yankalilla, 1929 sold to Sweden renamed Bolivia, 1930 renamed Pluto, 1932 sold to Finland, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 3,568
Yongala 1903 1911 lost in cyclone off Queensland with all hands ; loss of 142 lives, 1970 wreck located by divers off Cape Bowling Green. 3,664
Yuna 1944 tug, ex- Empire Winnie, ex- Zealandia, 1952 purchased from Wm. Watkins Ltd, London renamed Yuna, 1972 sold to Marta Fishing Co., Melbourne, 1974 scrapped. 479

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