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Shipping at Port Lincoln
Title : Shipping at Port Lincoln Shipping at Port Lincoln
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Source : B 29708 Ships at Port Lincoln
Date of creation : 1936
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Ships at anchor l-r: M.V. Moonta; 4 masted barque Pomman; barque Penang; 4 masted barque L'Avenir and 4 masted barque Olivebank. 2 February 1936.

The first jetty at Port Lincoln was completed in 1857 and was also the first on Eyre Peninsula. Originally 159 metres long, it was extended two years later to 201 metres and in 1867 was lengthened again to 222 metres. Further extensions were made during the 20th century, but commercial use of this jetty, the Town Jetty, ceased in 1926 when Brennen's jetty was built.

As the railway system was expanded in the 1920s, another jetty was required. This was built between the Town Jetty and the one at Kirton Point which had been built in 1906. Known as Brennen's Jetty this was completed in 1923. It was 16 metres wide and accommodated 4 lines of rails. This jetty has been continuously upgraded, and now provides 10 berths. In 1958 bulk grain silos were built. The spur jetty is utilised by fishing boats, tugs and pilot vessels.

This photo taken on 2 February 1936 shows four large sailing ships in port loading with grain, as well as the Adelaide Steamship Company's MVMoonta, which was engaged in the local Gulf trade. The sailing ships Pommern, Penang, L'Avenir and Olivebank were among the dozens of large sailing ships which carried the annual grain harvest from Australia to England and European ports. Bulk cargoes such as grain were shipped most economically in sailing ships which could take advantage of the strong westerlies across the Southern Ocean to Cape Horn and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Coverage year : 1936
Place : Port Lincoln
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :

Parsons, Ronald, Port Lincoln shipping Lobethal, S.A.: R. Parsons, 1990

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

Newby, Eric, The last grain race London: Secker & Warburg, 1956

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

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



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