• The construction process of a Liberty ship. At the peak of the Liberty ship production, shipyards could deliver a completed vessel in less than a week. The record was set by the SS Robert E. Peary, built by the Kaiser Permanente Metals ...
  • The cruise ship ORIENTAL QUEEN, ex HMAS KANIMBLA, in Sydney mid 1960s. Built in 1936 for McIlwraith McEachern, KANIMBLA was a luxury accommodation passenger ship servicing Australian coastal ports. Converted to an armed merchant cruiser in late ...
  • MV Moonta was a 1931 built Australian coastal passenger ship. Later in life she became the landlocked casino ship and tourist attraction Casino Le Lydia in Le Barcarès, France. Moonta was launched in June 1931 Burmeister & Wain shipyard in ...
  • Panama Railroad Line's CRISTOBAL of 1939; she was the third and final vessel in a class of ships built for Government service between New York and the Panama Canal zone. Designed in a joint effort by George Sharp and Raymond Loewy, their interiors ...
  • In September 1622, the Nuestra Señora de Atocha treasure ship sunk near the Florida Keys. Now, its $1.1billion cargo of plundered indigenous treasures, including a stunning Colombian emerald crucifix, a royal orb and a gold-and-emerald ring, are ...
  • Name: AUSTRALIAN ENDEAVOUR Keel laid: 24.10.68 Launch Date: 16.4.69Type: Containership Flag: AUS. Date of completion: 30.7.69Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack, GermanyGross Tons: 25144 DWT: 26844Length overall: 217.3 LPP: 205.8 Beam: 29.1Speed : 22 ...
  • Name:IRON YAMPI Owners: BHP Pty Ltd AustraliaKeel laid :30.11.45 Builder:Broken Hill Pty Co, WhyallaCargo ship. Launch Date:1.9.47 Date of completion:11.6.48 Flag:AUSGross Tons:9440 DWT:12897Length overall:159.5 LPP:151.0 Beam:20.1 Speed 13 ...
  • MV GERRINGONG Owners: Bulkships Ltd Port of Reg: Melbourne Year: 1965Name: GERRINGONGKeel laid: 2.12.63. Type: Bulk carrier Date of completion: 18.6.65Gross Tons: 14504. DWT: 21260Length overall: 177.4. LPP: 168.2 Beam: 22.7Builder: Whyalla SB & E ...
  • RMS Maloja built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. She and her sister ship RMS Mooltan were designed to be the largest ships capable of passing through the Suez Canal and were the first P&O vessels to ...
  • The historic sailing tanker Falls of Clyde could soon be removed from Honolulu's harbor, ending a long-term effort to save the vessel.  The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has prepared a draft environmental assessment (Draft EA) report ...
  • Originally launched as the cargo ship Medina, the vessel was one of a pair ordered by the Mallory Steamship Company from the Newport News yard in Virginia. Of 421ft loa and 5,426grt, the ship was originally powered by a single, triple-expansion ...
  • NARRABEEN   Australian    Built 1921 239 gross tons,   98 net.   Lbd: 110' x 26'8" x 9'2". Wooden auxiliary ketch-rigged steamship,     registered Sydney 1921 for use on Sydney Harbour. Came to Phillip Island & Westernport in and from ...
  • The American coastal liner BERKSHIRE of 1923 She operated for Merchants & Miners Line along the Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Miami. In the days before I-95 and JetBlue, these ships were the only alternative to traveling by ...
  • The Largest Sailing Ship Ever Built, the Barque "France". The France was a huge five-masted barque built in 1911 in Bordeaux. With a massive steel hull, and masts, yards, and booms of steel tubing, the France's fitout was softened with timber-lined ...
  • Bulk Carrrier , Explorer class IRON FLINDERS, built in Whyalla and launched in 1959. 13 knots at 80% of power. Three steam turbines double reduction geared to a single shaft. The crew of 54 had a swimming pool Sistership was IRON DAMPIER, both ...
  • "The three-masted barque Gunvor (1895) aground on rocks below Pedn Boar, near Coverack. An elevated starboard bow view of the steel three-masted barque Gunvor (1895) aground on the rocks at Pedn Boar, Black Head, southwest of Coverack. The ship is ...
  • MANOORA - Owners: Adelaide SS Co Ltd   Port of Registry: AUS Melbourne                                                Passenger ship:      Launch Date: 25.10.34      Date of completion: 2.35                       Tons: 10856      Length overall: ...
  • MV Hauraki built by Wm. Denny & Bros Dumbarton for Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. Launched on 28th November 1921 & completed 17th March 1922. She was the first large diesel powered ship built by Dennys and was the first motorship in New Zealand ...
  • BOGONG - Australian Flag - Owner - BulkshipsKeel laid: 20.12.65  Bulk carrier  Launch Date: 23.8.66Date of completion: 4.1.67   Builder: Whyalla SB & E Works Tons: 33262  Length overall: 226.0  LPP: 210.3   Beam: 31.8  Speed 16kts1977 renamed Iron ...
  • Until the 2000 launch of Royal Clipper, a sail cruise liner, she was the only five-masted full-rigged ship ever built. Preussen was built as hull-number 179 at the Joh. C. Tecklenborg ship yard in Geestemünde according to the plans of chief designer ...
  • Built as EURIMBLA Launch Date: 20.4.21 Date of completion: 3.12.21 Owner: Commonwealth Govt Line of Steamers, AUS Sydney. Builder: Poole & Steel, Port Adelaide SA GRT: 3,351. LPP: 100.9. Beam: 14.6 Triple-expansion three-cylinder engine 516 ...
  • Flag: AUS Date of completion: 9.49 Tons: 3952 DWT: 6474 Length overall: 123.6. LPP: 116.0 Beam 16.2Country of build: AUS Builder: Evans, Deakin & Co BrisbaneSpeed(kn): 10-11Subsequent History: 69 MALAYSIA MAJU - 71 SANTA CARINABU Hsinkang ...
  • The Colombian government has launched an effort to recover the lost treasure of the Spanish galleon San José, the "Holy Grail of shipwrecks." The galleon went down in the 18th century and is believed to hold up to $20 billion worth of gold and ...
  • Launched : 17.12.37. Flag: GBR. Date of completion: 2.38Owner: British Phosphate Commission. Builder: Lithgows, Port Glasgow.GRT: 6,378 LPP: 134.8. Beam: 18.3Speed: 10-12 knots.1964 sold to Chip Hwa Shipping & Trading, r/n LEE AUN. 1967 BU Singapore ...
  • The world’s most famous warship was in far worse condition than experts believed when they started a $55 million revamp, with her timbers reduced to ‘potting compost’.On the eve of the anniversary of her finest hour – leading the Fleet to a decisive ...
  • Australian Flag    - ANL     Port of Registry: Port AdelaideLaunch Date: 18.9.44Date of completion: 8.2.45Tons: 5062. DWT: 8700Length overall: 136.9. LPP: 129.5 Beam: 17.3Builder: Broken Hill Pty Co WhyallaSpeed(kn): -11 End: 1963. Disposal Data: ...
  • Australian Flag      3,619 gross tons,    1,779 net.   5,383 dwt.Lbd: 359 x 48 x 22 feet. Steam triple expansion 3 cylinders 1850 ihp rated 10 knots. Built by Harland & Wolff Ltd Govan, Scotland.Was of the Huddart Parker Line until 1961 takeover by ...
  • The Uluburun is a 3,300-year-old shipwreck discovered off the coast of Uluburun (Grand Cape), near Kaş in south-western Turkey. It is among the oldest ships ever discovered and contained one of the wealthiest and largest known assemblages of Late ...
  • Built for cross-lake grain trade, the poorly maintained schooner met its watery end in 1881 Nearly 150 years ago, the schooner Trinidad sank in Lake Michigan, roughly ten miles off the coast of Algoma, Wisconsin. Now, two maritime ...
  • Launch Date: 26.10.68    Flag: AUS     Date of completion: 10.3.69Tons: 12836      DWT: 15133   Length overall: 156.7LPP: 146.5   Country of build: AUS   Beam: 22.0Builder: Whyalla SB & E Works   Speed(kn): 17.5Subsequent History:76 TRANS EUROPA - ...
  • For centuries, an unidentified disc-shaped object recovered off the Florida coast was presumed to be a 17th-century cauldron. Now, it appears that experts may have finally discovered its true nature. Could this artifact be a 17th-century diving ...
  • On September 14, 1914, the Royal Australian Navy submarine AE1 went missing, triggering one of the country's greatest maritime mysteries. The sub, one of the Royal Australian Navy's first, vanished while on patrol in waters off the coast of Papua ...
  • TAMBUA -Australian -  Owners: Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd  -   Port of Registry: AUS Sydney -   Year: 1938 Launch Date: 27.5.38  Date of completion: 7.38 Tons: 3566      Yard No: 376 Country of build: GB    LPP 110.3         Beam: 15.3 ...
  • Hereward, was British clipper ship that was built in Scotland in 1877. She had an iron hull, three masts and full rig. On 5 May 1898 a storm forced her aground at the north end of Maroubra Beach, Sydney. All 25 crew members safely got ashore, where ...
  • IRON WHYALLA   IMO 5163613   1954 - 1979     BHP Shipping Australia7843 gross tons, 3863 net, 10,777 dwt.  Lbd: 498' x 62'1" x 30'. Machinery: three steam turbines (Parsons, Wallsend UK) single reduction geared to a single shaft. 6,200 shaft ...
  • June 1878 –The clipper ship Loch Ard was wrecked at Mutton Bird Island, just off the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria; 45 die, only two lives were saved.Loch Ard was an iron-hulled clipper ship that was built in Scotland in 1873 and wrecked on the ...
  • MS DERBYSHIRE built in 1935 for the Bibby Line, Liverpool as seen ..maiden voyage Liverpool-Rangoon... 1939 armed merchant cruiser... 1942 troop transport... 1943 landing ship and troop transport... 1946 released from transport duties, ...
  • The stranding of a 76,000 tonne bulk carrier, the Pasha Bulker at Nobbys Beach during a superstorm is possibly one of the most unlikely (but memorable) things to have taken place in Newcastle. But did you know?* Within four hours of the ship running ...
  • The Roman vessel may have sunk while transporting glass from the Middle East to France Archaeologists have recovered thousands of pieces of glassware—many of them “perfectly preserved”—from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck in the waters between Italy and ...
  • On July 13, 1866 – Great Eastern began a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United States. Massachusetts merchant and financier Cyrus W. Field first proposed laying a ...
  • Some may recall the first, UK shipping company ( perhaps the first in the world?) to introduce roro ships. Frank Bustard of Atlantic Steamship Co. introduced a service, leasing surplus LSTs from Admiralty. Empire Baltic sailed from Tilbury to ...
  • The stately Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company Liner SS Narkunda passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction ( c. 1930 ) When launched 1919 was the biggest ship of this owner ( with her sistership Naldera ) converted to ...
  • Shipwrecks are certainly not an uncommon find for archaeologists or other underwater researchers, given that humans have been using boats for at least 8,000 years. However, these underwater discoveries are more commonly from later periods – the last ...
  •  RMS IVERNIA completed in 1955, one of four liners built for the Cunard Line's Canadian service as seen in 1955 1963 rebuilt as cruise ship, renamed Franconia...1973 sold to Soviet Union's Far Eastern Shipping Company, renamed Fedor ...
  • Cruising and relaxing on a lavish ship in the sun is a dream of many people. But the people onboard MV Wilhelm Gustloff had quite a different experience when they boarded this massive ship. The year was 1945, and Germany was losing its grasp on the ...
  • Located just off the coast of the Canary Islands, beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, sits the remains of a once-modern ocean liner. Known by a number of different names, including the SS America, the vessel served both civilians and the US ...
  • Researchers say the rock art may be a record of “fighting craft” from present-day Indonesia Some 50 years ago, two strange paintings were found inside a cave in northern Australia. They are likely hundreds of years old, and they depict a pair of ...
  • The RMS Oceanic was a transatlantic ocean liner built for the White Star Line. She sailed on her maiden voyage on September 6th 1899 and was the largest ship in the world until 1901. Oceanic's keel was laid in January 1897 under the supervision of ...
  • SS QUEEN OF BERMUDA completed in 1933, younger sister to SS Monarch of Bermuda completed in 1931 Used on the New York-Bermuda run...during the war she served as AMC with third funnel removed and as troop transport...1947 overhauled, refitted, third ...
  • You won’t find another sailing ship in the world like Pommern. She has hardly changed since the day she left the shipyard in Scotland in 1903 and has since been lovingly maintained by generations of sailors, many whom sailed the world’s vast oceans ...
  • "This is a mass burial at sea, on the USS INTREPID in 1944 following a kamikaze attack. I posted so people can see, and remember the incredible sacrifices made on our behalf." INTREPID spend two years under construction before launching from ...
  • After a 25-year search, the mysterious disappearance of British WWII submarine H.M.S. TRIUMPH is coming to light after it was found more than 650 feet below the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Thoctarides said the vessel was initially detected with a ...
  • MS TJILUWAH built in 1951 for the Royal Interocean Lines, passenger capacity for 104 1st class and 118 tourist class...served on the Australia-Japan-Taiwan-Hong Kong-Australia route...1972 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore, renamed Kota ...
  • The vehicular ferry Empress of Australia made her first voyage from Sydney to Tasmania on 16 January 1965 Empress of Australia made its last trip between the mainland and Tasmania in 1986 Empress of Australia was replaced in 1986 by Abel Tasman, ...
  • The founder was Robert William Miller who arrived in Australia in 1902. Source: Captain Iain Steverson ...
  • The ship was the French barque Vincennes, which ran aground on Manly Beach on the night of Thursday, May 24, 1906. She was en route from Yokohama to Sydney carrying nothing but ballast and her skipper confused the beach with the entrance to Port ...
  • United Fruit Company's new SS ANTIGUA at Los Angeles in 1932. One of six sister ships in this class, three were in service San Francisco to Balboa and three were in service New York to Cristobal. For "banana boats" these ships offered many big ...
  • The steamship SS Koombana sunk off Port Hedland during a cyclone with the loss of all 150 people aboard. SS Koombana was a passenger steamship that was built in Scotland in 1908 for the Adelaide Steamship Company, for coastal liner services between ...
  • Originally built as the Famaka for the Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. From 1927 she was chartered by the AUSN Co and renamed Ormiston. Ownership changed in 1933 to Eastern Traders of Hong Kong and then to St Mary Axe Securities Ltd, but ...
  • The mystery ship: København was a Danish, British-built five-masted barque used as a naval training vessel until its disappearance after December 22, 1928. Built for the Danish East Asiatic Company in 1921, it was the world's largest sailing ship ...
  • On 16 June 1897 HMS Foudroyant is forced on to Blackpool beach by a storm. At nearly 100 years she had launched straight into the French Revolutionary Wars in 1798. The 80 gun warship soon saw action at the Battle of Tory Island, which marked the ...
  • In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed America to landing an astronaut on the moon by 1970. Preparations to accomplish this amazing feat began soon thereafter. In addition to the actual rocket and space capsule, worldwide communication ...
  • On November 18, 1914, three ships transporting lumber across Lake Superior encountered a fierce storm. Amid heavy snowfall, strong winds and massive waves, the vessels—the steamship C.F. Curtis, which was towing the schooner barges Selden E. ...
  • DNA analysis has revealed that a woman was among the 30 who died when the ‘Vasa’ sank on its maiden voyage. Scientists are still making new discoveries about the Vasa, the world’s best preserved 17th-century ship. In 1628, the Swedish warship ...
  • At the present time her Majesty's gunboat Paluma is aground in the Botanic Gardens. A Courier reporter had a conversation with Captain Pirie on Monday morning in the Colonial Secretary's office, whither the commander had gone to report the mishap. ...
  • The modern car carrier could not have evolved without the period of dual-purpose and converted ships. Today, a car carrier is referred to as a pure car carrier (PCC) or a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). Looking like a floating garage, the ...
  • "Lieutenant David Collins wrote in his journal in 1793 that the introduction of the first private ferries, the Passage Boats, was "amongst the conveniences now enjoyed in the colony". They were, he said, "allowed to go between Sydney and Parramatta" ...
  • The Polynesian peoples have long been known as incredibly skilled sailors, and have navigated the vast and seemingly empty expanse of ocean - in search of new islands to settle. This they did with amazing success: Polynesians now inhabit a number of ...
  • On the night of 28 February 1890 the ship's master was Captain Sanders, with Captain Keatinge aboard piloting the ship through the Torres Strait. Destined for Thursday Island, the ship turned into the Adolphus Channel to round the Cape York ...
  • Sanko Harvest was a 32,502 DWT dry bulk carrier that sank off Esperance, Western Australia after striking a charted reef on 14 February 1991. The Korean-crewed Japanese-owned ship was 174 metres (571 ft) long and was carrying a cargo of 32,790 ...
  • SS Warilda built in 1912 for the Adelaide Steamship Company...designed for the East-West Australian coastal service...due to the start of WW1, she served as troop transport, renamed HMAT Warilda, then converted into a hospital ship...1918 she was ...
  • She was sailing to the UK from Australia, and disappeared off the coast of South Africa with 211 passengers and crew. SS Waratah was a passenger and cargo steamship built in 1908 for the Blue Anchor Line to operate between Europe and Australia. In ...
  • MV Tatsuta Maru launched in 1929 for Nippon Yusen KK, Tokyo, and delivered in 1930, sister ship to MV Asama Maru completed the year before...maiden voyage Yokohama-San Francisco...1938 transliteration of name changed to Tatuta Maru...1941 taken over ...
  • The British clipper ship Thermopylae arrived in Melbourne on 9 January 1868, having sailed from London in the record time of 63 days. She left left Gravesend, Kent, on November 7 1868, on her maiden voyage for Melbourne, under the command of ...
  • The Swedish American Line ocean liner Gripsholm photographed in Copenhagen (prob.) on her first visit in 1957. My restoration and colorization of a Hansen & Pedersen image in the Maritime Museum of Sweden. "MS Gripsholm was a combined ocean ...
  • The story of the Titanic, which sank after colliding with an iceberg with the loss of 1,500 lives, is well known. Such maritime tragedies were thankfully rare by the 20th century, but the loss of the Titanic was the second time a large passenger ...
  • Few archaeological discoveries grab headlines like the discovery of a long-lost shipwreck. 2022 was the year that the long-lost ship of the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance, was discovered. The ship first sank off the coast of ...
  • MS Monte Rosa built in 1931 for the Hamburg-South America Line...maiden voyage Hamburg-La Plata ports and cruising... 1940 used as naval accommodation ship at Stettin... 1942 served as troop transport Denmark-Norway... 1943-1944 served as ...
  • Ample archaeological and geological evidence has now been uncovered that suggests archaic humans were building boats and crossing the Aegean Sea as long as 450,000 years ago, the authors of a new article in Quaternary International report. This is ...
  • On 20th July 1939 the Dutch freighter ALGENIB arrived in Sydney. On board were about 300 tons of onions originally shipped from Egypt. Delays at Bombay meant the voyage took longer than expected and bad weather had limited the opportunity of ...
  • The Cunard White Star liner AQUITANIA as a troopship at Woolloomooloo, Sydney in December 1945. She had arrived on 28th November with over 4,000 servicemen onboard including Australians returning from Britain and left on the 10th December with a ...
  • A good view of the Burns Philp passenger ship S.S. MARELLA at the Circular Quay West wharves in Sydney around 1930 with the still to be completed Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. She was built in 1916 in Germany for the Woermann Line. After ...
  • The Australian Hospital Ship HMAHS KANOWNA in Farm Cove during World War One. Built in 1903 for the Australian United Steam Navigation Co. KANOWNA was a popular passenger ship on the Australian coastal routes until requisitioned by the Government ...
  • The vessel is located 1,350 feet below the surface of Lake Mjøsa Archaeologists surveying the bottom of Norway’s largest lake believe they’ve discovered the remains of a 700-year-old ship, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment announced in ...
  • Under the command of Captain Henry Down RNR, Chusan was the first P. and O. steamship to operate a regular mail ship service between the United Kingdom and Australia, via Singapore. She was also only the second steamship to trade in Australian ...
  • On November 21, 1927, Maton Line's SS Malolo (the Hawaiian word for "Flying Fish") was welcomed on her maiden arrival in Honolulu, Hawaii, by 20,000 spectators and 16 war canoes. The paint scoured off of her bow was a common in sign of a maiden ...
  • The US Transport MOUNT VERNON (AP-22) aground at Balmain, Sydney during her arrival from Auckland on 12 October 1942. She was pulled clear by tugs the same day with no apparent damage. Built as the luxury liner SS WASHINGTON she entered service ...
  • On November 28, 1946, the wreck of the capsized USS Lafayette (formerly CGT's Normandie) was towed to Newark, New Jersey, for demolition. The huge, grey, water-logged, but still-sleek hull had been righted by the U.S. Navy at an estimated cost of ...
  • It is 1913 and the 4 masted barque Pekingputs to sea with 60000 bags of sodium nitrate in her belly, heading towards Hamburg, her home Port which she will reach in 84 days. Peking was built by Blohm & Voss for the firm of F. Laeisz; a German ...
  • MV City of Rayville hit a mine in Bass Strait.  She was the first American vessel sunk during World War II, sunk by a German mine off the coast of southern Australia. Over three nights in November 1940, the German minelaying ship Passat, a captured ...
  • On 3 November 1927  the Sydney ferry Greycliffe was cut in half by the liner RMS Tahiti, killing 40 persons. The Greycliffe disaster occurred in Sydney Harbour on 3 November 1927 when the harbour ferry Greycliffe and the Union Steamship Company ...
  • SS Conte Rosso launched in 1921 but stuck after a few yards, delaying the launch by a couple of weeks, completed in 1922 for Lloyd Sabaudo, Genoa...maiden voyage Genoa-Buenos Aires...1932 to newly formed Italia Line...first voyage ...
  • This photo was taken from Tuckurimba on the North Arm of the Richmond River (now Wilson River). The boat is the Captain T Fenwick and the young lads have just enlisted at Lismore and are on their way to Ballina to get a steamer to Sydney and head ...
  • 1923 Mongolia was delivered to P&O and laid up for sale in 1937   1938 Mongolia was transferred under long term charter to New Zealand Shipping Company and renamed Rimutaka 1950 the ship was renovated to become the Incres Nassau line’s SS ...
  • On 1 November 1914, 36 transport ships carrying the first contingents of the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force sailed out from King George Sound in Albany, Western Australia. The transport vessels were guarded by the ...
  • On October 13, 1902, a steamship full of iron ore was towing a uniquely shaped barge across Lake Superior. The two ships encountered a powerful storm, which snapped the towline connecting them, leaving Barge 129 at the mercy of the winds. The crew ...
  • Union Rotoiti of Union SS Co of New Zealand. One of a number of gas turbine merchant ships built in Australia in the mid-70s, nobody gave much thought to fuel costs. The folly was soon realised, with some ships sent to an early grave whilst others, ...
  • As a species, humanity has always been shockingly gifted at finding new ways to kill one another. As wars have raged over the millennia, armaments have had to evolve. This has led to some genuinely brilliant ingenuity. Take for example the Korean ...
  • One hundred and ten years ago, in April of 1912, the TITANIC hit an iceberg and two and a half hours later sank. Of the roughly 2,200 persons onboard, about 700 survived, 1,500 were lost. Within minutes of the fatal collision the Titanic sent out a ...
  • The historical figure Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who remains famous for the first circumnavigation of the earth, proving that the earth is round. However, the voyage was dogged by misfortune, storms and mutinies, and Magellan ...