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Reproduced courtesy of Hilda Farquar-Smith and Robert Dun

SS NELLORE voyage report no. 36

Date: November 1958 - March 1959
Overall: 262 x 208 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the family of Burnham Walker Dun
Object Copyright: © Hilda Farquar-Smith and Robert Dun
Object Name: Voyage report
Object No: ANMS1340[037]
Related Place:Xianggang, Sydney, Adelaide, Burnie, Yokohama, Bohihan, Pulau, Nagoya, Muji, Sandakan, Shanghai, Yokkaichi, Kobe, Newcastle, Tarakan, Wallace Bay, Brisbane, Labuan, Geelong, Melbourne, Manila,

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    Typed voyage report number 36 for SS NELLORE, written by the Commander to Messrs Macdonald, Hamilton and co, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Limited. The report is dated 18th January 1959, Kobe. Pages 1 to 8 of the report outlines details of the voyage, including departure times, cargo, maintenance and other relevant information, from Adelaide to Kobe.
    This is followed by a continuation of the report for the SS NELLORE voyage number 36, dated 21st March 1959, Port Adelaide. Pages 1 to 13 give details of the return voyage, from Kobe to Adelaide.
    Following this are four single page typed letters from Commander Dun of the SS NELLORE to Messrs Macdonald, Hamilton and co, dated 27 January 1959, Hong Kong. The letters describe an incident with a junk and a tug that he was in charge of, on the journey from Kowloon Wharves to Taikoo Dock. The first two letters are largely the same, with only a few words changed. The final two pages relating to this matter are copies of the log entry relating to the incident. Both are identical.
    The final letter is from Commander Dun of the SS NELLORE to Messrs Macdonald, Hamilton and co, dated 17 November 1958, Brisbane. The letter relates to his inspecting the ETTRICKBANK at Wallace Bay for seaworthiness.

    HistoryBurnham Walker Dun 1905-1992 began his apprenticeship with the Australasian Steam Navigation Company in 1921 when he was just short of his 16th birthday. After four years in the coastal ships of AUSN he gained his Second Mate's certificate in Sydney and joined the Eastern & Australian Steamship Company (E&A) as Fourth Officer on the TANDA. He served 43 years with this Company sailing to ports between Australia and eastern Asia, retiring in 1967. He gained his Master's Certificate in 1929, at the age of 24. In 1942, when he was Chief Officer on the NANKIN, the ship was captured by the German raider THOR. He spent the rest of the war with the surviving crew labouring in Japanese POW camps. He returned to Australia in poor health and spent years trying to get compensation. Although he was an Australian resident employed by an Australian company (managing agents Macdonald Hamilton) the ship was British owned and registered, and he obtained only limited compensation. He went back to sea with E&A in 1946, had his first permanent command in 1947 on the second NANKIN, and served in the company's ships EASTERN, NELLORE, ARAFURA and ARAMAC until he retired. During this time he carried cargo regularly to Japan, where he established friendly relationships with his former captors. During his career he made a number of rescues at sea and survived several severe typhoons. On retirement, he became a Nautical Assessor and took part in marine Courts of Enquiry, including the enquiry into the collapse of the Tasman Bridge, caused by the cargo ship LAKE ILLAWARRA striking one of the bridge's piers.

    E & A Line actually consisted of four successive companies bearing the same name, Eastern and Australian Steam Ship Company, between 1873 and the early 1980s. It was established to serve routes between Australasia and 'Far Eastern' ports - Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, and was originally named Eastern & Australian Mail Steam Company Limited. It only ever had a small fleet of ships but those it had, such as the NELLORE and the NANKIN, were well known. Ownership of E&A Line was involved in other companies in the 20th century, notably the AUSN Company, and from 1946 P&O. Through its history E & A Lines carried cargo and passengers, and was involved in trooping and supply in World War I. In World War II its entire fleet of three of its ships was lost. In the post-war period it operated cargo-passenger ships until 1975 when passenger service was given up and the ships were progressively sold, though in 1983 it continued to staff and operate AJCL containerships.

    The Eastern & Australian Steamship Company
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: SS NELLORE voyage report no. 36

    Collection title: Captain Burnham Walker Dun collection

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