Yard No. 609

built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow in 1925



Yard Number 609, was named MALABAR when launched on Thursday, 09/07/1925 by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow , for Burns Philp & Co Sydney.

Her main engines were built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow , she was powered by Diesel, 2700 HP Eight cylinders, 625 nhp,13.2 knots

She was wrecked on 02/04/1931

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1925
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Ship's Role: Java - Singapore run from Sydney
Tonnage: 4512 grt
Length: 350.9 feet
Breadth: 48.7 feet
Draught: 22.7 feet
Owner History:
Burns Philp & Co Sydney

Additional Information: Distinguished herself by ramming Wemyss Bay pier after her steering failed during trials. She grounded in thick fog in April 1931 on Long Bay, 14 miles south of Sydney. All passengers, crew and three valuable stud horses were rescued, but the ships cat refused to leave the ship. Over half a million people visited the stricken ship over the Easter Weekend accordingto newspapers of the day. She remained there until the 1960's until finally blown up to get at valuable metals still on board. Bits of rusting wreckage are all that remain.
Interesting to note the area around her was renamed Malabar in memory of the ship in 1933!
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