australian Australasian United Steam Navigation Co. SS Orungal (+1940)
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nationality australian
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1923
is nickname no
weight (tons) 5829  grt
dimensions 123.6 x 16.8 x 8.6 m
material steel
engine 2 steam turbines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 604  n.h.p.
speed 15  knots
yard no. 499
IMO/Off. no. 146699
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons fire
date lost 21/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
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Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
last owner
[1]Australasian United Steam Navigation Co., Sydney
SS Orungal (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 146699
prev. owners
[2]Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. Ltd., London
SS Fezara
period 1923 ~ 1931
IMO/Off. no.: 146699
captain Samuel Gilling
no. of crew 30
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Vleggeert Nico17/10/2011November 1940 SS Orungal ran aground at Barwon Heads Victoria. Salvage operations commenced quickly until, on December 13th a series of explosions erupted from the engine room and soon she was completely ablaze. Declared a total loss.
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About Owners
Australasian United Steam Navigation Co., Sydney

The Queensland Steam Shipping Co. was formed in 1881 to operate Australian coastal services between Sydney, Cooktown and Burketown. Later services were extended to Thursday Island. In 1887 the Queensland Steam Shipping Co. merged with Australasian Steam Navigation Co. to form Australasian United S.N. Co. Routes covered Australian coastal services and Pacific Islands, with emphasis on Fiji. After the war, air travel caused the passenger trade to be discontinued and competition and poor relations with the dockers and seamens unions caused the company to withdraw from the shipping business in 1961.

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 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

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