mv MALABAR

mv MALABAR
built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow,
Yard No 609
Engines by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow
Propulsion: Diesel, 2700 HP Eight cylinders, 625 nhp,13.2 knots
Launched: Thursday, 09/07/1925
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
Status: Wrecked - 02/04/1931
Web site: http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Library/localhistory/atozlochist/shipwreck.htm
Remarks: 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!
Previous update by Paul Strathdee
Photo supplied by above web page
Previous update by Bruce Biddulph

Last updated: by Bruce Biddulph from the original records by Stuart Cameron




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