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T DALLEN Collection 1913-48
T Dallen's Father's stepfather - Thomas Williams, worked as a Fireman - Donkeyman- Greaser - Trimmer on Australian and New Zealand Passenger and cargo ships.
Beginning top left as written recorded document (including subsequent vessels) as commencing service aboard Huddart Parker Line's Zealandia (art image top right) working interstate ports November 1913 until December 1917.
Signed aboard same shipping Company's vessel 'Victoria' December 1917
until January 1918 listed travelled 'foreign'- read New Zealand (artist's image left)
2nd February 1918 signed aboard
Huddart Parker's vessel 'Wimmera' (image right) and Thomas Williams seems to be a survivor when the Wimmera struck mines laid by the German raider Wolf, off Cape Farewell, New Zealand, 26 June 1918. After leaving Auckland the previous day, she struck two mines in the early hours of the morning within sight of the coast. This caused significant damage and she began to sink. Boats got the majority of passengers to safety, however twenty-six lives were lost, as drowned or killed by the explosion. including her captain (Kell), chief officer and chief steward

Since, Thomas Williams joined Huddart Parker's Australian coastal passenger liner 'Riverina' from 4th September - 26 September & 26 September 1918 - 3rd January 1919.

Riverina originally commenced her career on the east coast - West Australian run, later established herself as a regular Hobart - Sydney steamship

17 February - 23 May & 26 August - 28 November 1919
employed aboard 'ATUA'a passenger-cargo vessel of Union Steamship Co Ltd, Dunedin New Zealand. Atua serviced the South Pacific region. (b&w image right side courtesy Victoria State Library)

3rd December 1919 - 6th January 1920
employed aboard 'ZEALANDIA' of Huddart Parker Ltd, Melbourne servicing the Sydney - Western Australia route. The Zealandia herself serviced many of the Company's trades up until the outbreak of World War 11. 1940 engaged in trooping and re-supply, in the Darwin area in December that year transporting troops Brisbane-Port Moresby March 1941, Darwin-Koepang in December. The first Japanese air-raids on Darwin 19 February 1942 made her a target and she was lost, having being bombed and strafed with incendiary bullets.

January - February 1920 & July - September 1920 signed aboard the 'BARAMBAH' of the Australian Government's 'Commonwealth Line of Steamers'. 9th September 1920 - 16 April 1921, 17 April 1921 - 17 November 1921, 18 November 1921 - 23 May 1932, 23 May 1922 - 23 November 1922, 23 November 1922 - 26 May 1923, 29 May 1923 - 13 December 1923 & 14 December 1923 - 10 January 1924, 21 January 1924 - 16 July 1924 & 17 July 1924 - 9th February 1925 continued aboard Barambah. 26 February - 2nd June 1925 final voyage aboard 'Barambah' where he signed off at Falmouth. Barambah was sold to German interests (North-German Lloyd NDL) and renamed 'Justin'

How Thomas Williams got back to Australia from England is unknown, however his next known assignment was aboard the Austalian Commonwealth Steamship 'COOEE'

10 September 1925 signed on at Sydney aboard cargo vessel 'COOEE'
until 19 December 1925 where again he signed off at Falmouth England. The Cooee was subsequentially sold to Swedish interests 1926, as likely this was a final delivery voyage no doubt with a cargo of wheat and wool for the British market. 4224 gross tons. Lb: 117.2 x 15.5 metres. Steel single screw steamship built by Flensburger Schiffbau Ges., Flensburg as the 'Neumunster' for Deutsch-Australische DG, Hamburg. Triple expansion engine making 12 knots. 1914 seized by Australia at Fremantle renamed Cooee. Sold 1926 to A B Naxos Prince, Helsinki and renamed 'Bomarsund'.
At Falmouth on 8th December 1925 signed
aboard 'EURELIA' of the Commonwealth Line of Steamers, Australia. Returned to Australia and signed off at Sydney 22 March 1926 3351 gross tons. Lb: 100.9 x 14.6 metres. Steamship built Walsh Island Newcastle in the State Dockyard for the Australian Government's Commonwealth Government line as the Eurelia. Triple expansion engine. 9 knots. Cargo only. The 'Eurelia' was sold to Australasian United S N Co, Sydney mid 1926 and renamed 'Mungana'

From 2nd July 1926 - 29 December 1926, 30 December 1926 - 1st August 1927 & 2nd August 1927 - 30 August 1927 served aboard 'MUNGANA'. Cargo only vessel. Mungana was upon the 'B' class trunk route along the east coast of Australia taking ports of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and certain North Queensland ports. During 1927 travelled to Ocean Island in the Gilbert Islands Group, South Pacific. No doubt would have loaded phosphate, the only resource of this Island 163 miles adjacent to Nauru Island

From 9th December 1927 - 30 December 1927 served aboard 'ORMISTON'. Passenger vessel. Served the 'A' class trunk route along the east coast of Australia taking ports of Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. Signed aboard as 'Wiper', Thomas Williams would have spent his time within the engine room doing general maintenance and assisting the Engineers. Conditions then and now would have dictated the shift of '4 hours on - 8 hours off', on a continual basis.

Built in 1922, the Ormiston was actually under charter to Australasian United SN Co (AUSN) since 1926, being very popular with passengers on the Australian coast and, eventually purchased outright 1936. Acquisitioned for the war effort and torpedoed off Coffs Harbour 1943. Survived, repaired and completed War duty. Handed back to owners 1946. 1955 sold to Typaldos Bros., Grece and renamed Atlantic. 1956 renamed Atlanticos. Arrived at Spezia 30th November 1957 for demolition purposes

3rd May 1928 signed on at Sydney aboard 'MILORA'. Signed off at Port Adelaide 4th September 1928. Ship details - 3,346 gross tons, 1919 net. Lbd: 331' x 47'9" x 23'6". Cargo vessel, built at the Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria for Australian Government's Commonwealth Government line as the Emita. Sold December 1925 to Australasian United S N Co renamed Milora in January 1927.

October 1928 - 17 April 1929, 18 April - 29 July 1929 aboard 'MAREEBA'. Ship details/fate - 363 gross tons. Lbd: 332'7" x 47'1" x 27'1". Cargo vessel built by Walkers Ltd., Maryborough Queensland for Australian Government's Commonwealth Government line as the 'Echuca'. Sold 1924 to Australasian United S N Co, renamed Mareeba in January 1925. Sunk by the German raider Kormoran 26 June 1941 in the Indian Ocean

3rd October - 27 November 1929 served aboard 'KATOOMBA', a passenger liner on the Australian coast that took in the east coast major ports as well as stopovers within the Whitsunday Island group off Queensland. Ship details - 9,414 gross tons, 5,499 net. Lbd: 450'4" x 60'3" x 34'2". Steel hulled triple screw passenger ship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast in 1913 for McIlwraith McEacharn Ltd of Melbourne. Twin triple expansion 4 cylinders, 6 coal fired boilers 215 psi. Single funnel, two masts, and a speed rating of 16 knots.

2nd - 24th December 1929 aboard 'Kamo'.
Of the Union Steam Ship Co, of New Zealand, she was built 1913 and of 1236 gross tons. The first of two vessels to carry this name, she was a small coastal type cargo ship obviously capable of the Trans-Tasman crossing however, As Thomas Williams signed on and off at Sydney, her journey at that point in time is unknown. The vessel itself mostly non-descript with no images available. Suffice to say she would have sported the traditional green hull, red/black bands/black boot topping of the Union Steamship livery

13 February 1930 - 19 August 1930, 31 August 1930 - February 1931, 6 February - 26 February 1931, 20 March 1931 - 31 July 1931 & 1st August 1931 - 11 November 1931 aboard "MAREEBA'.
Ship details abovementioned. Thomas Williams seemed to like this vessel, fortunately he wasn't aboard her during the Second World War conflict as she was another casualty of the German raider 'Kormoran'

Although the Armed Forces were at any frontline, the essential need of maritime transport placed all ships' Officers and crew at great peril. Where some were officially requisitioned by the Authorities and given some gunnery as a means of protection, most were not. With the presence of Japanese submarines and the camoflaged German 'Raiders' along the Australian coast, all ships' personnel were largely unsung heroes, upholding their duty with no means of protection. They got the job done, getting official recognition many decades later

11 November 1931 - 30 November 1931 aboard 'MACKARRA'. Ship details - 2515 gross tons. Lbd: 303' x 43' x 20'7". Coal fired steamship Built by Charles Hill & Son, Bristol under orders of the Shipping Controller, England. Purchased on the stocks by Australasian United S N Co, Sydney in 1919. Powered by a triple expansion engine making 11.5 knots. Serviced the Australian coast in cargo capacity


January - 1st July 1932 & 2nd July - 9th September 1932 aboard 'MURADA'. Ship details - 3,345 gross tons. Lbd: 331' x 47'9" x 23'6". Cargo vessel built at the Commonwealth Dockyard Williamstown Victoria for Australian Government's Commonwealth Government line as the Erriba. Sold 1926 to Australasian United S N Co, Sydney and renamed Murada in January 1927. Serviced the Australian coast in cargo capacity

21 December 1932 - 2nd January 1933 aboard 'ULIMAROA'. Ship details - 5,777 gross tons, 2,986 net. Lbd: 400'3" x 52'2" x 23'2". Steel twin screw passenger vessel built by Gourlay Bros & Co., Dundee for Huddart Parker & Co, Melbourne. Of twin triple expansion engines producing 1,095 nautical horsepower. Accomodated 190 first, 120 second and 120 third class passengers for the trans-tasman run. Also frequented Australian coastal routes.

January - July 1933, 9th September 1933 - 27 December 1933 aboard 'MILDURA'. 13 january 1934 - 29 June 1934, 30 June 1934 - 27 December 1934, 25 january 1935 - 26 July 1935, 27 July 1935 - 10 August 1935 & 24 August 1935 - 6 December 1935 aboard 'Mildura'. Again 20 March 1936 - 15 May 1936 aboard 'Mildura'. Ship details - 3,478 gross tons. Lbd: 331' x 47'7" x 26'1". Cargo vessel built at the State Dockyard, Walsh Island, Newcastle New South Wales for Australian Government's Commonwealth Government line as the 'Enoggera'. Sold 1924 to Australasian United S N Co, and renamed Mildura in December of that year.

16 May 1936 - 5 November 1936, 6th November 1936 - January 1937 aboard 'MACKARRA'. Again signed back on once contract completed. My knowledge is this vessel in cargo capacity, serviced the east coast of Australia taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and ports further north as seasonal cargoes of sugar and farm produce as required

6th March - 29 April 1937 aboard 'Mareeba'.
As mentioned above


Joined the CARLISLE from 4th June until 21 June 1937. This vessel was under J Patrick & Co, Pty Ltd, servicing east coast ports with Sydney and Melbourne being the mainstay
Ship history - Cargo vessel as built and completed November 1919 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend on Tyne and Sunderland as the Merganser for Cork Steam Ship Co, Cork. Originally laid down under orders of Shipping Controller Britain. 1922 owned by British & Continental Steam Ship Co, Liverpool; 1934 renamed Carlisle when purchased by James Patrick & Co, Sydney. _____________________________________________________________________________________

10 July - 7th August 'MAIANBAR'. Employed from 10 July - 7th August 1937. This vessel was owned by the North Coast Steam Navigation Co, Sydney, who specialised in the New South Wales Northern rivers trade as well as minor ports along the New South Wales coastline. During the year Thomas Williams worked aboard her, she was under ownership change and, working from Newcastle to Newcastle, she either carried timbers for the Port Stephens Steamship as owners or farm produce from the Northern Rivers for North Coast Steamship Co as owners. Ship Data: 487 gross tons, 237 net. Lbd: 155'6" x 28'1" x 9'2". Steel twin screw passenger ship built by Ardrossan Drydock & Shipbuilding Co, Glasgow for the North Coast Steam Navigation Co, Sydney. She boasted 'electric light' and refrigeration and worked the north coast New South Wales ports. Lengthened 1920 to be of 513 gross and 229 net tons. New Lbd: 175'6" x 28'1" x 9'2". With reconstruction she had her passenger accomodation removed. 1937 sold to Port Stephens Steamship Co Ltd., Sydney and acquired 1940 again by this concern. Wrecked at Nobby's Beach off Newcastle, New South Wales after breaking from tow on a voyage Newcastle NSW to Sydney in ballast 5th May 1940

18 September - 23 December 1937 again aboard 'MILDURA'.


January - 3rd June 1938, 29 June - 1st October 1938, 28 October - 28 December 1938, 18 January 1939 - 13 April 1939, 14 April 1939 - 6th November 1939 & 17 October (at Newcastle) - 23 November 1939 aboard 'MUNGANA'. Between November 1939 & March 1940 unknown, hopefully he took extended leave after the long periods of time aboard so many vessels with very little time off in between! 27 March 1940 signed on with the 'MUNGANA' at Sydney until 10 April 1940 where he signed off at Port Kembla only to re-join 11 April - 26 April 1940 aboard 'Mungana'. Clearly the Mungana was employed on the finished steel trades between Newcastle, Port Kembla and Sydney

10 May 1940 - 16 November 1940, November 1940 - May 1941 & 8th May 1941 - 26 May 1941 aboard 'Mildura'. 26 June 1941 - 10 November 1941, 11 November 1941 - 16 June 1942 & 17 June 1942 - 25 June 1942 aboard 'MILDURA'. July 1942 - 25 January - 20 July 1943 & 21 July - 17 September 1943 aboard 'MILDURA'.


Served aboard from 28 January - 13 March 1944, 14 March - 27 April &1st May - 5th June 1944 (discharged at Columbo) Of the Union Steam Ship Company, New Zealand and weighing 2,742 gross tons. Built 1930 and the second vessel under this shipping concern to carry the name.
Ship Type: Cargo Vessel. Lbd: 330 x 45 x 22.25 feet.
Coal fired triple expansion engine. Where this shipping Company's fleet serviced far and wide of New Zealand, this vessel's movements show Sydney as it's terminus. The voyage of May - June 1944 saw Thomas Williams sign off at Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Exact service duties of this vessel during the second world conflict are somewhat obscure


5th September 1944 - 22 January 1945, 1st February - 17 July 1945, 18 July 1945 - 15 January 1946 and 16 January - 31 May 1946 aboard 'MURADA'.


27 September - 14 March 1946 & 15 March 1947 - 1st September 1947 & aboard 'TALUNE'. This seems to be his last ship and his final voyage


Born 1880 in London. Serviced the sea from 1913 until 1947
The merchant ships he worked on were - Zealandia Victoria Milora Talune Wimmera on which he was shipwrecked. Also served aboard the Kamo – Katoomba - Atua – Barambah – Cooee – Eurelia – Mungana – Mackarra – Murada – Mildura – Mareeba - Carlisle – Mainbar – Ulimaroa & Riverina. sailed aboard many Australian vessels from 1913 onward. In capacities as 'Trimmer', etc he served the era post World War 1, through the lean depression years, the years of boom that followed,and throughout the Second World War 11. He also saw service aboard New Zealand vessels, those being the Atua, Talune and Kamo. In a four decade seagoing career that took in not only the Australian Coastal Seaboard, he also ventured afar as England and as diverse as the Pacific Islands. A seagoing career of at least 34 years constant
All images of Discharge Papers courtesy of and Copyright of T Dallen with many many thanks and further thanks for 'Donation' in helping keep this website online

GORDY Collation
1950's -___
Gordy crewed on 30 plus ships in 41 years, his brother is still at sea after 43 years and his father who is still alive, sailed the seas for over 40 years. Known ships Gordy's Father worked aboard were the early 'Iron' ships of BHP,as well as the Bundaleer and Bungaree of the Adelaide Steam Company and Gordy himself commenced a seagoing career aboard the Barwon of Huddart Parker Line, later of Associated Steamships Pty Ltd.
Here then is a proud family tradition and 'Gordy' has from his seagoing experiences, has added some personal insights from some of the vessels he worked upon. As Gordy reveals more, so too will such information be stated here. Meanwhile a few images of some of the vessels he worked upon are shown. Many thanks Gordy. Top left Iron Monarch......Top right Macedon of Howard Smith Ltd at Balmian, Sydney January 1986 and lower right Minkara of Adelaide Steamship Company


Brad's Grandfather Charles Mitchell served aboard several Adelaide Steamship vessels back in the early days of coal fired propulsion. Eventually he qualified his Masters ticket becoming Captain Charles Mitchell. Brad has gratefully contributed photos of his Grandfather and some of the vessels her served aboard.
Many thanks Brad

Top left image taken 1911 shows Captain Mitchell (left of image) aboard the first vessel Moonta of the Adelaide Steamship Company. Top right image is the first 'Moonta' of the Adelaide Steamship Company. Lower left is the Steamship Junee. Centre image taken 1911 shows Captain Mitchell (left of image) aboard the passenger ship Junee of the Adelaide Steamship Company. Far right image of Charles Mitchell.

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