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Ketch 'Reginald M' at Marion Bay
Title : Ketch 'Reginald M' at Marion Bay Ketch 'Reginald M' at Marion Bay
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Source : B 61191
Date of creation : ca. 1922
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The ketch Reginald M being loaded with gypsum at Marion Bay, using a side tipping truck. The ketch was 68 tons and was built at Birkenhead in 1922 by J. Murch, on Jenkins Slip (known also as Central Slip). The ketch operated mostly in the waters of St Vincent Gulf, but later in her life was used to carry explosives to Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Thevenard. The last freight from Marion Bay, shipped in 1969, was a cargo of grain and wool in the Reginald M. The ketch was acquired in 1975 by the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at Warrnambool.

Marion Bay jetty was built in 1889 by the Australian Gypsum and Whiting Company for the export of gypsum. The original wooden tramway tracks were replaced with steel rails in the late 19th century, and steam locomotives and side tipping trucks were installed to carry the gypsum down to the jetty. By the 1920s grain, wool and salt were also being shipped from Marion Bay, and in 1930 nearby Stenhouse Bay took over the shipment of gypsum from lower Yorke Peninsula.
Related names :

J. Murch

Period : 1919-1927
Place : Marion Bay
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Gillespie, James, Captain Traders under sail: the cutters, ketches and schooners of South Australia Largs Bay, S. Aust.: J. Gillespie, 1994

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

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

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Exhibitions and events :

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



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