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The 'Moonta' at Port Augusta
Title : The 'Moonta' at Port Augusta The 'Moonta' at Port Augusta
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Source : B 70719/16
Place Of Creation : South Australia
Date of creation : ca. 1946
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

View of the 'Moonta' moored at the wharf at Port Augusta during a November 1946 Gulf trip.

The Moonta was built by Burmeister & Wain of Copenhagen in Denmark in 1931. She arrived in Adelaide in November of that year and made her last run of the Gulf Trip in January 1955. At 2,693 tons gross, Moonta carried 150 passengers was 288 feet long and had a cruising speed of 12.5 knots.

The Adelaide Steamship Company began its Gulf Trips in 1906 when their new ship Rupara arrived. The trip provided a cheap and accessible alternative to ocean voyaging and was popular for 50 years. MV Moonta was placed on the service in 1931 and continued on the Gulf Trip until 1955. These trips were phased out very shortly afterwards. The Gulf trip visited Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie. Passengers were entertained and the food and service were good. Tours were arranged when the ships reached port, while cargoe was discharged or taken aboard.

The Gulf trips provided opportunities for people to meet, for honeymoon trips and anniversary celebrations.

Related names :

Moonta (ship)

Port Augusta (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1946
Period : 1946-1979
Place : Port Augusta
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Page, Michael F. Fitted for the voyage: the Adelaide Steamship Company, 1875-1975 Adelaide: Rigby, 1975

The Gulf trip edited by Dieuwke Jessop Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: S.A. Maritime Museum, 1988

About the Gulf trip [Adelaide]: Adelaide Steamship Coy. Ltd., [1907?]

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