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Collection of 205 documents relating to Eric Bolton Beeham

Date: 1953 - 1962
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Elaine Beeham
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0840

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    This collection of 205 documents relate to the career of Eric Bolton Beeham while serving as master of SS CHANGTE between 1953 and 1962. The series consists of one information folder; one sailing schedule brochure; 15 event invitations issued to Beeham; 140 passenger, crew and wine lists; one souvenir menu; six newspaper clippings featuring the CHANGTE; one information sheet for passengers; one itinerary card; one horse racing card; one radiogram, two envelopes and 36 letters sent to Captain Beeham regarding passengers, crew, dry docking, boarding and a cocktail party.
    HistoryEric Beeham was born in Sydney on 14th April 1917, and as a teenager he joined the Mosman Bay Company of the Navy League Sea Cadets. In 1936 he went to sea as a cadet with P&O working on the RMS MALOJA and the RMS STRATHNAVER. He became 4th officer on the RMS RANCHI in 1928 and subsequently worked on the STRATHEDEN.

    Eric Beeham became involved in the Second World War when the STRATHNAVER was commissioned as a troop ship. He qualified through the Merchant Navy Officers' Defence Course in London and was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant, minesweeping around the Australian coast on HMAS SAMUEL BENBOW, HMAS WARREGO, HMAS WARRAWEE and HMAS NAMBUCCA. He subsequently commanded the patrol boat NEREUS. Beeham also served on the HMAS COOLEBAR, HMAS KANIMBLA, HMS SPRINGDALE in the Pacific, New Guinea, Milne Bay and Columbo, and on the aircraft carrier HMS RAJAH in the Mediterranean, Indian Oceanic and Atlantic. Beeham passed his masters examination in 1945 while on HMS VICTORY in London. He served on HMS ROYAL ULSTERMAN for the Normandy landing and on several ships demobilising troops at the end of the war.

    Beeham left the Navy in 1948 and returned to work as a merchant mariner, working as second officer on SS CURLOSS between Australia and Britain, becoming chief officer of that ship. He subsequently worked as chief officer with the India Steamship Company, the Lyle Steam Company, J. Marr and Son, Newcastle and Hunter River Steam Ship Company and the Australian Oriental Line. Captain Beeham worked on the SS CHANGTE from 1953 to 1960 and the TAIPING for one year.

    From 1962 to 1982 he worked as a pilot for the Maritime Services Board in Newcastle, Ballina, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Port Kembla, Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour. He continued to serve in the naval reserves.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: LISTS, LETTERS AND RELATED PAPER BASED MATERIAL ORIGINALLY CONTAINED WITHIN A FILE TITLED "MASTER'S FILE", COMPILED BY ERIC BOLTON BEEHAM WHILST SERVING AS MASTER OF SS "CHANGTE"

    Web title: Collection of 205 documents relating to Eric Bolton Beeham

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