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Digital Photograph - White Star Line, SS 'Suevic' & Orient Line, SS 'Orsova' at Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, circa 1913 Image Reg. No: MM 110332

The photographer, Stanley Fletcher, was training to be a professional photographer with Powers Studio before the First World War when he enlisted to become a serviceman. Photographs like these were often printed as postcards and there are many postcards of the 'Orsova' and Railway Pier in existence.
Circular photographic image.
Description Of Content:
View of Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, circa 1913, with large steamships tied up along either side of the pier. On the left is the 12,500 ton White Star Line passenger and cargo ship 'Suevic' (built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, 1901) and on the right the well known 12,000 ton Orient Line passenger & royal mail steamship 'Orsova' (built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank, Scotland, 1909). Another unidentified steamship of similar size appears in the background.

Running along the centre of the pier in the middle of the image are five lines of train track or sidings on which various railway goods trucks and vans are parked unloading and receiving goods from the ships. Numerous people - including passengers and/or members of the pubic and workmen - can be seen on the pier between the railway rollingstock. Many of the people are dressed in coats and hats and carrying suitcases or other forms of luggage. There is an elevated navigation light attached to the pier on the left near the 'Suevic'.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Nancy Gallagher, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Nancy Gallagher
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.25 in (Height), 4.25 in (Width)

More information

Tagged with: steam line, model steam engines
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: screw steamers - passenger
Inscriptions: Hand-written captions
On left: 'SUEVIC' (?)
On right: 'ORSOVA'
Bottom centre: 'PORT MELBOURNE.'
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1913

Railway Pier was replaced by a new structure named Station Pier in 1930.
Date Depicted from contributor's memory.
Photographer: Mr Stanley Fletcher, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1913

The photographer was the contributor Nancy Gallagher's father.
Ship Depicted: White Star Line, circa 1913
Ship Depicted: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), circa 1913
References: Note: Ship at left previously incorrectly identified as 'Suevia' of Hamburg-America Line, which was launched on 1 June 1874 and scrapped in 1897 after being stranded.
Information from Discovery Centre Inquiry DC ENQ 69757.
  1. [Book], John Maber, North Star to Southern Cross - The Story of the Australasian Seaways, T. Stephenson & Sons Ltd, 1967, pp.118 & 263. Pages


Sergio Francisco Rosas Salas Posted on 18 Apr 2010 1:36 AM

I'm Sergio Rosas, and I'm a doctoral student at Mexico. I'm working on a paper about the Hamburg American Linie at Mexico. Unfortunately, we don't have photographs, so I want to know if I can publish this image at an academic journal. Indeed, I will mention all your credits.

I would like to use the photo Reg. No: MM 110332. It's name is: Digital Photograph - Hamburg-America Line Ship 'Suevia' & Orient Line Ship 'Orsova' at Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, circa 1913.

Thank you. Yours,
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Apr 2010 10:11 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks for this request, Sergio. We have forwarded the relevant image request forms to you via email.
George Blank Posted on 28 May 2010 7:50 AM
I think you have the wrong ship. The Hamburg American Line ship Suevia, launched June 1, 1874, was scrapped in 1897 after being stranded. It was on the Trans-Alantic route, mostly Europe to NYC, and never travelled to Australia.
Discovery Centre Posted on 30 May 2010 1:09 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi George - Thanks for your feedback. We have forwarded to the Curator who manages this collection for this image consideration.
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Jun 2010 11:21 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks again for this information, George. The error has been corrected in our own records and should be reflected at this website, soon. We'll also contact Sergio (above) to clarify things. Sorry about the confusion.

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