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MUNMORAH - YARD No 207 - Collier - Wallarah Coal Co - Built 1934


The S.S.MUNMORAH was a Collier built for operations in Australia.
Owners    Wallarah Coal Co, Sydney Australia
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Collier Launched    09/08/1934
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    230' 0" Weather    
Beam    35' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     21' 6"      
G.R.T.    1,273      
Props    1      
Speed    10 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Ran aground Bellambi Reef, New South Wales, 18 May 1949    
Content on SS MUNMORAH will be added as and when available. 
Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.

Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.

The S.S. MUNMORAH maintained a regular run on the Newcastle to Catherine Hill Bay. With the usual south coast vessel, the ss Bellambi in Cockatoo Dock being overhauled, the Munmorah under Captain K Knutsen along with eighteen crew was seconded to pick up a 1,450 tonne load of coal from the now long gone South Bulli jetty at Bellambi. One day later, ran on to Bellambi Reef, New South Wales, 18 May 1949. Hopes were held that she could be refloated however after a couple of days heavy seas battered her and she could not be saved. Sold for salvage

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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