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Largs Bay jetty
Title : Largs Bay jetty Largs Bay jetty
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Creator : Stump & Co., photographer
Source : B 13273 Jetty, Largs Bay
Date of creation : ca. 1890
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Largs Bay Jetty with steam launch "Defiance" alongside.

The Largs Bay jetty was built by private enterprise in 1882 as part of a plan to attract the large overseas mail steamers to use the facilities. Despite the continual dredging at Port Adelaide the size of these vessels continued to exceed the capacity of the port, and the project at Largs Bay would essentially provide a deep water anchorage, until finally in 1908 the Outer Harbor at the entrance to the Port River was opened.
The jetty was 640 metres long and its width varied: 7.3 metres for the first 564 metres widening to 15 metres for the final 76 metres to the 'L-head'. The extra width at the end of the jetty was to enable the shunting of the trains. There was a 19 feet depth at the outer end at low tide.
The mail steamers operated by P & O and Orient Lines used the Largs Bay anchorage from 1888-1908 when Outer Harbor opened. As they did not berth at the jetty, mail and passengers were carried out to the ships in a variety of government and privately operated steam launches which moored at the landing alongside the Defiance.
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Largs Bay
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Parsons, Ronald, Beach boats, press boats and semaphore: origin of the name and the work of the Sandhill Savage' with his boats - oar, sail and steam Lobethal, [S. Aust.]: R. Parson, 1996

Parsons, Ronald, Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986

Collins, Neville C The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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