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Single screw steamer Broughton being built
Title : Single screw steamer Broughton being built Single screw steamer Broughton being built
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Source : Edwardes Collection, volume 35, number 8
Date of creation : 1873
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Broughton was built at Port Adelaide in 1873 as a wooden single screw steamship for Captain Dale of Broughton. It was intended that the vessel would trade between Port Broughton and Port Pirie. It was built by J Lowen & Son of Port Adelaide and launched October 1873.

In November 1874 it was converted to a two masted schooner of 46 tons; later the vessel was ketch rigged and in 1915 an auxiliary engine was installed. The vessel had a number of owners and was well known in both the South Australian gulfs. In April 1932 she was sunk at Wallaroo but later raised and continued trading for several more years.

A number of small shipbuilding and repair yards were found in Port Adelaide, the majority being on the Birkenhead side of the Port River. Lowen is recorded as the builder of the ketch Active, a replica of which stands as a major exhibit at the South Australian Maritime Museum.
Ketches and schooners made up the mosquito fleet of coastal traders which were vital to the development of South Australia, carrying vital supplies and carrying out cargoes from the many small and otherwise isolated communities along the South Australian coast.
Coverage year : 1873
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Port Adelaide
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Bullers, Rick. Quality assured: shipbuilding in colonial South Australia and Tasmania [Bedford Park, S. Aust.]: Flinders University, Department of Archaeology, 2006
Gillespie, James, Captain. Traders under sail: the cutters, ketches and schooners of South Australia Largs Bay, S. Aust.: J. Gillespie, 1994
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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