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Australian Oriental Line Ltd. 1912-1961, Sydney and Hong Kong
The Australian Oriental Line was formed in 1912 by G.S.
Yuill & Co. to take over the services of China
Navigation Company in
The CHANGSHA and TAIYUAN were transferred to Hong Kong Registry in 1920. In 1921 the CHANGSHA and TAIYUAN were by now rather outclassed and the company bought the Russian flag sisters EMPEROR ALEKANDER III (1914) and EMPEROR NICHOLAS I (1915), however the deal fell through because of a mortgage on the ships held by the builders and a lien by French interests.
In May 1924 two new ships were ordered from the Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd., Hong Kong and entered service as CHANGTE and TAIPING in 1925 and 1926 respectively. During World War II both ships were requisitioned by the British Government and put in service for the Royal Navy.
In 1961 Australian-Oriental Line ceased to exist due to high costs of new tonnage or refitting the two existing ships, their service being taken again over by ships of the China Navigation Company. Yuill & Co. continued to hold diversified interests outside shipping, especially in the meat and livestock trade.
Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and 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.
main source: Beancaker to Boxboat, H. W. Dick & S. A. Kentwell, Nautical Assoc. of Australia, 1989.
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