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Reproduced courtesy of Hilda Farquar-Smith and Robert Dun

SS ARAMAC voyage report no. 11

Date: September 1966
Overall: 340 x 210 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[064]
Related Place:Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong,

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    Typed voyage report number 11 for SS ARAMAC, written by Captain Burnham Walker Dun to Messrs P&O - Orient Lines of Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Limited. The report is dated 3rd September 1966, Tokyo. Pages 1 to 6 of the report outlines details of the voyage, including departure times, cargo, maintenance and other relevant information, from Melbourne to Tokyo.
    Following this is a one page document; Appendix A / SS ARAMAC voyage no. 11 North, summarising the duration of the journey to Tokyo, speed and oil consumption.
    This is followed by a two page letter from Dun, to Messrs P&O - Orient Lines of Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Limited. Dated 29th August 1966, Sea. The letter concerns ARAMAC'S being delayed leaving Brisbane due to a false bomb threat.
    This is followed by a continuation of the report for the SS ARAMAC voyage number 11, dated 5th October 1966, Melbourne. Pages 1 to7 give details of the return voyage, from Tokyo to Melbourne, with additional general notes (i.e. relating to passengers, cargo, accidents, etc).
    Next is a single typed page; Appendix A / SS ARAMAC Voyage no. 11 south. This summarises the duration of the journey, speed, fuel and oil consumption, etc, on ARAMAC'S return trip.
    Next is another single typed page; Appendix B / SS ARAMAC summary voyage no. 11. This summarises information such as distance travelled, and fuel and oil consumption, combining both the north and south bound journey.
    The following three pages concern the death of Mrs Anne Thomas Vickers, a passenger on the ARAMAC, whilst ashore at Kobe. This includes a two page letter from Captain Dun to Messrs P&O - Orient Lines of Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Agents for The Eastern & Australian Steamship Co. Ltd, dated 12th September 1966. Also, an official copy of the log book entry relating to Mrs Vicker's death, with a statement signed by the ships surgeon, First Mate and Dun.
    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

    Collection title: Captain Burnham Walker Dun collection

    Assigned title: SS ARAMAC voyage report no. 11

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