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Photograph - SS Katoomba, Albany, Western Australia, 1930-1940 Image Reg. No: MM 039299

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Ship - S.S.Katoomba. Titleed 'the port anchor in use at Albany'. SS Katoomba was a single funnel passenger ship built by Harland & Wolff Ltd., at Belfast. The vessel was built for and operated by McIlwraith McEacharn between 1913 and 1946. Used as a troopship during both world wars.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: ships
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Travel
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Albany, Western Australia, Australia, 1930-1940
Creator: Dorothy Davidson, 1930-1940


Barry Cooper Posted on 16 Apr 2012 7:11 AM
As a nine year old, in oct 1948 i sailed from Barbados to Southampton on the Katoomba. A couple of days south of the Azores, we ran into a cyclone. It was horrendous.It lasted for almost two days. The wind and waves hit us on the port side. She rolled to starboard very steeply all the time. but never to port. In fact she rolled to over 40Deg once. One lady had her leg broken by a flying table in the lounge. The storm started to ease as we aproached the Azores,and from then it was an uneventfull trip. I will never forget that trip as long as i live.
fred c Posted on 25 Jul 2012 6:49 PM
i have two paintings of mv katoomba one will be donated to anmm sydney the other to newcastle maritime museum
David Dellhide Posted on 08 Apr 2014 10:13 PM
I had my fifth birthday on the Katoomba on my way to Canada July 18 1952. She had been refurbished and re-named the Columbia then.
This ship had a long and honourable life, surviving two world wars. I still have the picture of my birthday party onboard.I will never forget her.
Hazel Kerr Posted on 20 Oct 2014 6:18 AM
My grandmother accompanied her new husband Robert Blight to his Sydney home on the Katoomba in August 1919. He had served in AIF in WWI, met and married Jessie May Witting in London. Their eldest daughter, Joan, died on the voyage, aged 6 weeks.
Richard Durant Posted on 08 Nov 2014 12:54 PM
I am helping research full events of the last voyage back to Australia.Details of day to day events, ports of call, dates and where the ship landed in Australia. We believe there may have been an attempted suicide on board by a civilian and a hearing held. Any details relative to this and other events as stated would be appreciated. Does anyone know of the whereabouts of the ship's log?
Debbie Hiskins Posted on 12 Apr 2015 6:10 PM
My grandfather Arthur Miller Fleming was a purser on the Katoomba in the 1930's. I have photos of him in uniform with his young son Peter when the family traveled on board to Lord Howe Island
Robert Scorse Posted on 03 May 2015 10:48 PM
My father Neville Scorse, who passed away on Thursday 30th April 2015, served two stints as a radio officer aboard the SS Katoomba, the first from 5-Feb-45 to 15-Jul-45 and the second from 16-Jul-45 to 7-Jan-46. Dad said that the Katoomba carried Australian Troops to all areas in the theatre of war in the South Pacific. He listed Wee Wak, Madang, Torikina and Milne Bay plus some others I'm still trying to work out. Miss you dad.
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 May 2015 11:08 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks for sharing, Robert, and condolences.

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