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SS ULIMAROA in its WWI dazzle camouflage

Date: 1914-1918
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: 00040969

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    SS ULIMAROA is shown at wharf No 2 Naval Buoy. The vessel was used for trade to Tasmania and along the Australian coast. ULIMAROA is shown painted in a camouflage razzle-dazzle paint scheme, used as a protection against enemy attack during World War I when it served as a troopship.
    SignificanceThis photograph represents SS ULIMAROA and its presence in Australian waters as a commercial vessel and troopship.

    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.
    HistorySS ULIMAROA was a 5777 ton steam ship built in 1908 by Gourlay Bros & Co at Dundee. It was registered in Melbourne and employed on the trans Tasman trade route under the owners of Huddart Parker Co. It also made a number of passages along the Australian coast. ULIMAROA could accomodate 190 first, 120 second and 120 third class passengers. During World War I it was requisitioned by the Commewealth for war services transporting troops. In 1934 it was broken up by Japanese scrappers.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: SS ULIMAROA in its WWI dazzle camouflage

    Web title: SS ULIMAROA

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

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