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Leith Shipyards

A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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MULUBINBA - Yard No 234 - Cargo Steamer - Newcastle & Hunter River Steamship Co Ltd - Built 1937




Ship No 234

 The SS MULUBINBA see here in a photograph sent in from Flotilla Australia website and used by permission


Owners    Newcastle & Hunter River Steamship Co Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Single Screw Steam "Coaster" Launched    27/02/1937
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    220' 0" Weather    
Beam    39' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     24' 0"      
Draught    15' 0"      
G.R.T.    1262 tons      
Engines    Triple expansion steam engine, producing I.H.P. 1050      
Props    1      
Speed    12 knots      
Other known names   1959 KURANDA - 1963 JINSAN - 1966 JETLEY - 1969 KIN WAH    
Current Status   Sunk by a Limpet mine in Nha Trang Vietnam 1969    

Content on the SS MULUBINBA will be added as and when available. 


MULUBINBA from a photograph provided by Flotilla Australia.
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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.
The single screw steam cargo ship MULUBINBA was designed and built to operate along the Eastern Coast of Australia, and was used to ferry cargo's of coal and general trade between Newcastle and Sydney. 
She was also to serve her part in World War II, and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy.
She went on to have a very full working life before her demise at the hands of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

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.
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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.
MULUBINBA as told by Barry Elwin
Who sailed on the MULUBINBA Ship No
234 built in 1937
I joined her in 1954 as a 15 year
old. I was a keen photographer but unfortunately many photos are lost. If I
find any you can be sure I will send them on. What you are doing is wonderful,
to preserve maritime history like this. The skipper’s name was Captain Elgar.
And the first Mate was Mr Charlie Chase.
To be continued.
Barry seen here on board MULUBINBA during the 1950's
The bridge of the SS MULUBINBA by barry Jones and taken by him while working on the old ship during the 1950's

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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0 #1 Barry Jones 2013-02-15 00:22
Hello, I just found your site by typing in the old girls name.
I served on the Mulubinba as deck boy between 1957-8.

I have some photographs somewhere so I will be in touch again. Thank you for your web site. Brings back some precious memories.

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