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Steamers and sailing ships at Wallaroo jetty
Title : Steamers and sailing ships at Wallaroo jetty Steamers and sailing ships at Wallaroo jetty
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Source : PRG 280/1/4/171, Searcy Collection
Date of creation : 1910
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Steamers and sailing ships berthed at Wallaroo jetty where trucks of bagged grain wait for loading. The first jetty was built at the port in 1862, and was extended four years later to give a length of 244 metres with a depth of water of 4.8 metres. By 1881 a second jetty had been built, adjacent to the first, which continued to be used by smaller ships. A swimming enclosure was later added to this and it is known today as the swimming jetty.

The second jetty completed in 1881 was generally known as Price's jetty; this was 488 metres long and gave a depth of 7.3 metres at low tide. By this time Wallaroo was one of the busiest ports in the state exporting copper ore and grain. This jetty which is the one shown in the photo was demolished in 1973.

A third jetty was built at Wallaroo in 1927: this was 862 metres and provided a maximum depth of 8.5 metres at low water. Bulk handling facilities were added in 1958, and improvements have continued to be made.
This jetty sustained severe damage in 1977 when the Chinese ship Wuzhau went ahead instead of astern. The overhead grain loading structure was brought down. Repairs took 10 months.
The port of Wallaroo is managed by Flinders Ports and the main exports are fertilizers and grains.
Coverage year : 1910
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Wallaroo
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :
Fyfe, Dorothy M. Maritime history of Wallaroo: an outline, 1802-1978 Wallaroo, S.A.: D.M Fyfe, 1979
Collins, Neville C. The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
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