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SS Wandana at Port Lincoln
Title : SS Wandana at Port Lincoln SS Wandana at Port Lincoln
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Source : B 41019/196
Date of creation : ca. 1923
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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S.S. Wandana at Port Lincoln

SS Wandana at Port Lincoln in about 1923. Wandana was purchased by West Coast Shipping Company in 1913. She was part of the company's expansion to take advantage of the anticipated boom on Eyre Peninsula. Wandana was a passenger steamer and provided a smoking room and music room, as well as the promenade deck. She was also a highly manoeuvrable, an advantage in some of the smaller harbours on the west coast and the gulfs.

West Coast Shipping was in direct competition with Adelaide Steamship Company: Wandana was intended to double the frequency of the company's services on the west coast but Adelaide Steamship Company aggressively undercut shipping rates and also had more ships to throw into west coast and Spencer Gulf shipping. Wandana was placed in the Spencer Gulf trade, after an initial showing on the west coast. In the gulf she was in direct competition with ASC's Morialta and ran to the same schedule and timetable.

The competition was fierce, but the smaller company was unable to maintain it. Adelaide Steamship Company sent more of its vessels to the west coast and the gulf. West Coast Shipping Company with its three ships Wandana, Warooka and Kopoola merged with Gulf Steamship Company which was also being squeezed by ASC and they formed Coast Steamships.
Coast Steamships lasted 14 months of intensive rate cutting from Adelaide Steamship Company before they were forced to the negotiating table. In January 1915 ASC bought Coast Steamships but they negotiated a position as a subsidiary company and were able to continue operating as Coast Steamships with their best known steamer Karatta operating until the late 1950s.
Related names :

West Coast Shipping Company

Coverage year : c.1923
Period : 1919-1927
Place : Port Lincoln
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
Parsons, Ronald. Port Lincoln shipping Magill [S. Aust.]: R.H. Parsons, 1981
Tregenza, John. Le Messuriers of Port Adelaide: five generations of enterprise in transport and timber Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: Le Messurier Timber Company, 1991
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