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Melbourne Steamship Co. Ltd., Melbourne 1884-1961

The Melbourne Coal, Shipping & Engineering Company was formed in 1884 by the merger of three companies to operate tugs, lighters and excursion steamers in Port Phillips Bay.
An interstate shipping service started in 1892 with the sailing of the steamer BRISBANE.
In 1895 the Melbourne Coal, Shipping & Engineering Company was restyled as Melbourne Shipping Co. and the services were expanded to the principal Australian ports.
In common with other Australian shipping firms the decline in coastal traffic after World War II necessitated the sale of the last ship in 1961 and ended the Companys' shipping interests.

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.

  • Routes:
    • Australian-New Zealand ports
    • Coastal voyages Australia

Funnel & Flag:


Funnel Flag
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Beeswing 1882 built by Dobson & Charles, Grangemouth | 1892 purchased by Melbourne Coal, Shipping & Engineering Company from Capper, Alexander & Co., not renamed, 1889 renamed Brisbane, 1895 company restyled as Melbourne Shipping Co., 1915 sold to Carmichael & Clarke, Hong Kong same name, 5.1.1920 foundered near Saddle Group, Chusan. 1,119
Brisbane   see Beeswing.  
Coolana 1921 built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle | 1951 sold to Cyprus Merchants Shipping renamed Fair Med, 1952 sold to D.T. Petropoulos renamed Punta, 22nd July 1955 wrecked off Seven Stones, Landís End. 2,197
Dimboola 1912 built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle | 1935 sold to Ho Hong SS Co., Singapore renamed Hong Siang, 1951 to Ministry of War Transport, Great Britain renamed Empire Longford, 1953 scrapped at Dover. 3,854
Duntroon 1935 built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle | 1942 converted into a troopship, 1950 returned to owners and back in service, 1960 sold to Hong Kong shipbreakers but resold to Kie Hock Shipping Co., Hong Kong for further service renamed Tong Hoo, 1965 transferred to Palembang Shipping Co., Panama, 1965 sold to Africa Shipping Co., Panama not renamed, 1966 renamed Lydia placed on pilgrim trade to Jeddah, 1967 laid up at Singapore, 1968 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 10,410
Ellaroo 1921 built by J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland | ex- Aslang Haaland 1922 purchased, renamed Ellaroo, 1961 scrapped at Nanao. 4,655
Lowana 1924 built by Dunlop, Bremner & Co., Port Glasgow | 1955 sold to V. Madrigal renamed Ameise, 1960 sold to J. Lee renamed Dennis I, 1961 scrapped at Hong Kong. 3,021
Mernoo 1926 built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle | 1956 sold to J. Manners & Co. renamed Tyne Breeze, 1958 scrapped at Hong Kong. 2,417

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