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Steamship Model - SS Edina, Howard Smith Line, Victoria, circa 1917-1938 Reg. No: ST 033494
- The 'Edina' was one of the longest serving steam vessels anywhere in the world. Built on the Clyde by Barclay, Curle & Co. she was an iron-hull single-screw steamer of 322 tons with three masts. In 1855 Edina was requisitioned by the Admiralty from her owners the Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. to carry stores and horses to the Black Sea during the Crimean War. After return to her owners 'Edina' traded around the UK and Mediterranean before being purchased and used as a blockade runner during the American Civil War carrying cotton from the Confederate states in 1861. 'Edina' arrived in Melbourne under sail in March 1863 and was purchased by Stephen Henty for use from ports in western Victoria and later carried gold prospectors across the Tasman to New Zealand. After a refit in 1870 she was used in the coastal trade along the Queensland coast for Howard Smith until returning to Victoria and the Melbourne-Geelong trade as a cargo-passenger vessel.
The 'Edina' had two narrow escapes from destruction in 1898 and 1899 when she collided with other steamers, both being sunk. A further refit in 1917 altered her appearance with a new mast, funnel, bridge and promenade deck. By 1924 Edina had made over 12,000 Melbourne-Geelong passages and carried over one million people on the service. A further collision on 9 July 1928 which sank the tug Hovell, forced 'Edina' onto a mudbank on Port Phillip Bay. She was taken out of service in 1938 but was later renamed Dinah and used as a lighter until 1958 when she was broken up and her remains used as land-fill.
This model of the 'Edina' shows the vessel after her 1917 refit. It was donated to the Museum in 1990 by the State Library of Victoria.
- Acquisition Information:
- Loan & Subsequent Transfer from Library Council of Victoria, 1973
|Dimensions:||360 mm (Height), 150 mm (Width), 1200 mm (Length)|
|Dimension Comment:||ABOVE DIMENSIONS OF SHIP.CASE-L149 B35 H56;BASE-L151 B38 H35;LEGS-L139 B32 H76.|
|Tagged with:||port phillip bay steamers, steamships, victorian coastal shipping, crimean war 1853-1856, persian|
|Themes this item is part of:||Transport Collection, Ship History - SS Edina|
|Primary Classification:||WATER TRANSPORT|
|Secondary Classification:||Steam Power|
|Tertiary Classification:||model screw steamers - passenger|
|Ship Depicted:||Wm. Howard Smith & Sons Ltd, Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia, 1917-1937|