Ship Details


Iron Screw Steamer, 120nhp.



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668g 530n


200.2 x 28.2 x 16.5


Intercolonial Royal Mail S.P Co., reg. London. 1866: Panama, New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail S.P.Co. 1869 Apr.: McMeckan, Blackwood & Co., reg. Melbourne. 1880 Mar.: Nipper & See. 1881 Dec.: The Adelaide Steamship Co.Ltd., reg. Port Adelaide. 1885/6: Rebuilt & lengthened at Port Adelaide. 1905 Mar 28: Wrecked while under charter to AUSN, off Nambucca Heads, NSW, when on a voyage to Brisbane. Struck a reef on March 26 and abandoned on March 28.



William Cumming, engineer employed by Adelaide Steamships for 10 years was in charge of the refit and lengthening of the Claud Hamilton. It happened in Port Adelaide, but I don't know where. He was my G-Gfather and I am compiling his history in ships. I don't know much of this SA period apart from references people had written for him which I have. He went on to supervise the building of many steamships and tugs for Huddart Parker from 1893-1910 the last 2 being the famous Zealandia and the PS Weeroona which both continued working up until the 1940s in WW2 service. Anyone know any details of Claud Hamilton? He was involved in work & refit of other AdSS vessels. Cheers Bruce

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