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The new steamship, AUSTRAL, of the Orient Line

Date: 1882
Dimensions:
Overall: 400 x 280 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00001090
Place Manufactured:London

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    A page from the Illustrated London News 27 May 1882 titled 'The new steam-ship, AUSTRAL, of the Orient Line'. There are three views, one of the ship, one of the dining saloon and one of the passage around the ship.
    HistoryThe SS AUSTRAL was also engaged in the early frozen meat trade between Australia and Europe. She was loading coal in Neutral Bay in the early hours of 11 November 1882 when she quickly and unexpectedly sank with the loss of 5 crew. It has been suggested that the ship was ill balanced with the coal loading, the amount of iron she already had on board and that the portholes were left open which let the water in.
    The AUSTRAL was refloated and taken to Glasgow where she was refitted and recommenced her passenger trade between the UK and Australia until 1903.
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