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TSMV MANOORA souvenir mug

Date: 1935 - 1961
Overall: 112 x 115 x 95 mm, 0.25 kg
Medium: Metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Mug
Object No: 00003376
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This silver plated mug came from the passenger ship TSMV MANOORA. The handle of the mug has been designed in the shape of the letter 'M' and the letters 'anoora' are inscribed on the mug. MANOORA was the last of the Adelaide Steamship Company's interstate passenger ships.
    SignificanceThis silver plated mug is a good example of the type of silverware produced for and used aboard passenger vessels in the 20th century, on the Australian route.
    HistoryTSMV MANOORA, 1935 - 1961, was built by A Stephens and Sons of Glasgow. MANOORA immediately entered the Sydney to Fremantle run via Melbourne and Adelaide until 1939 when it was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy for WWII. MANOORA joined the China station in 1940 to patrol Malaysian waters; patrolled of the Queensland Coast; acted as an escort vessel; patrolled in the Bay of Bengal; was converted to a landing ship; and was used to bring home Australian troops from India, Dutch East Indies and Japan.

    The vessel was released back to the company in 1949 after an extensive and lengthy refit, where it resumed the Fremantle run in the summer and the Cairns run in the winter months. In 1959/60 it cruised to Fiji and New Caledonia. In 1961 MANOORA was purchased by the Indonesian Government for the pilgrim trade from Indonesia to Jeddah. It was sold to Taiwanese ship breakers in 1972, but sank off Luzon in shallow water later that year.

    The Adelaide Steamship Company was founded in 1857 when a group of businessmen saw the opportunity to capitalise on the Adelaide to Melbourne shipping route. Two ships were ordered from England and the company soon established itself on the coastal shipping scene. Over time, the Adelaide Steamship Company extended its routes around Australia, bought out other companies, expanded its fleet and eventually became one of Australia's most powerful and enduring shipping concerns.

    The Adelaide Steamship Company sold its shipping interests in 1977 but continued to operate tug services in ports around Australia. The Company now known as Adsteam, expanded and diversified, with large holdings in important Australian and overseas companies. But eventually, because of opposition to its cross-holdings, it was forced to divest itself of all assets except its tugs.

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