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SS EDINA the World's Oldest Screw Steamship

Date: 1937
Overall: 90 x 135 mm
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Peter Trebilco
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00051995

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    This postcard relates to the farewell voyage of the passenger steamer SS EDINA from Melbourne to Geelong in June 1938. During this voyage, 'each passenger was given a card bearing a photograph of the EDINA, and autographs of Captain Moxey and prominent passengers were collected' (Argus, 30 June 1938, p3).
    SignificanceThe postcard relates to a significant event in the Howard Smith passenger trade before World War II. SS EDINA is remembered with great affection as one of the oldest continuously operating passenger steamships in the world.
    HistoryEDINA was built by Robert Barclay & Curle in Glasgow in 1854 and served during the Crimean War and American Civil War before being diverted to the Australia-New Zealand gold rush trade in 1862. From 1863 it operated passenger and cargo services in western Victoria and along the Queensland coast. In 1875 EDINA was purchased by Howard Smith & Co for the Melbourne-Geelong passenger service, which it operated for the next 63 years. It was converted to a lighter in 1938 and operated around Melbourne until it was broken up in 1958.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: SS EDINA the World's Oldest Screw Steamship

    Web title: Postcard of SS EDINA

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