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Date: 29 November 1924
83 x 108 x 2 mm
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Photographer Frederick Garner Wilkinson
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00040932

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    MS SIAM is shown moving from Pyrmont to Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney on Saturday morning 29 November 1924. SIAM was a Dutch vessel that traded between Europe, America and Australia prior to World War II.
    SignificanceThis photograph represents MS SIAM and international maritime trade between Australia and the Netherlands during the first half of the 20th century.

    It is part of the F G Wilkinson Photograph Collection, comprising more than 700 glass plate negatives of ships in Sydney Harbour between 1919 and 1936. The collection provides an extensive and well-documented coverage of the changing styles of shipping in the port of Sydney before the gradual decline of the coastal trade, and in a period which was probably the peak reached by commercial shipping in Australia. The backgrounds also reveal the changing face of the city and harbour foreshores.
    HistoryMS SIAM was a four-masted 6637 ton twin-screw vessel built in 1913 by Akt Burmeister & Wain at Copenhagen. It was owned by A S Detostasiatiske Kompagni (East Asiatic Line) and registered in Copenhagen under a Danish flag. It was the first cargo ship to be delivered to the East Asiatic Line and conducted its maiden voyage on 9 April 1913. It traded cargo between Copenhagen, Europe, the west coast of South America, the west coast of the United States and the Far East. During World War II it was captured by a British naval vessel of the coast of Sumatra on 10 April 1940. In 1942 it was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

    Web title: MS SIAM

    Assigned title: MS SIAM

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