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Melbourne Steamship Line TSMV DUNTROON (10.500 TONS)

Date: 1935-1960
Dimensions:
Overall: 88 x 139 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00000484

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    Description
    Postcard of TSMV / HMAT DUNTROON. She was built in 1935 for the Melbourne Steamship Company as a passenger transport and was used in WW2 as a transport for POW'S from Singapore.
    HistoryThe DUNTROON was built in 1935 in Wallsend for the Melbourne Steamship Company in 1935 as a coastal passenger service.
    She was involved in a shippping disaster in 1940 when, whilst leaving Melbourne, she rammed the auxiliary minesweeper HMAS GOORANGI. The smaller ship, GOORANGI, was cut in two and all 24 crew were killed. It became the first RAN losses of World War 2.
    In 1942, the DUNTROON was requesitioned by the Australian Army for use as a troopship. She continued army service continued until 1946, when she was chartered by the RAN for transport duties with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. This was the name of the joint Australian, British, Indian and New Zealand military forces who occupied Japan. The DUNTROON was returned to the Melbourne Steamship Co in 1949.

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