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Arrival of 'S.S. Morialta' at Port Lincoln.
Title : Arrival of 'S.S. Morialta' at Port Lincoln. Arrival of 'S.S. Morialta' at Port Lincoln.
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Source : B 61167, Port Lincoln Collection
Date of creation : ca. 1912
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

At Port Lincoln people gather on the wharf watching the arrival of SS Morialta. The Adelaide Steamship Company had ordered this ship which arrived in late 1912. It was to service the west coast of the state; boom years were anticipated for Eyre Peninsula.

Port Lincoln was described as the finest natural harbour in Australia by Matthew Flinders when he discovered it in 1802. In 1836 Colonel William Light had discounted it as the site for the principal town of the new colony of South Australia because it lacked adequate freshwater supplies. The first settlers arrived in March 1839 and in November of that year the first vessel to be built at Port Lincoln, the cutter Alice sailed to Adelaide, with three bales of wool and a load of fish. Port Lincoln was proclaimed a port on 27 June 1839 and in that year was visited by the British ship Recovery with a cargo of 1,600 sheep and some horses from Holdfast Bay.

In 1854 money was allocated by the South Australian government for digging wells and building a jetty which was completed in 1857 and was the first on Eyre Peninsula. It was extended several times before being replaced by other jetties. It still stands and is used as the recreational Town Jetty.

A second jetty was built at Kirton Point in 1906, in conjunction with a railway line that was to service Eyre Peninsula. Kirton Point jetty was 201 metres long, and in 1960 a 'T' head structure was added - this was constructed of steel piles with a concrete deck and was an additional 61 metres long and gave 9.7 metres of water at low tide. It was the main shipping jetty for the port until Brennen's jetty was built in 1926. This jetty continued to be expanded and bulk handling facilities were installed in 1958.

Additional facilities were built by BHP in Proper Bay in 1966 for transporting lime sand for its smelters. In 1969 Port Lincoln was designated the Eyre Peninsula Deep Sea Port and its faciltiies were enhanced to enable it to handle vessels up to 100,000 tons dead weight. Main commodities handled are grain, petroleum products and fertilizers. In addition live sheep and frozen fish are exported.

Related names :

Morialta (ship)

Adelaide Steamship Company

Coverage year : c.1912
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Port Lincoln
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
Parsons, Ronald. Port Lincoln shipping Magill [S. Aust.]: R.H. Parsons, 1981
Wanklyn, Neville. The early history of the city of Port Lincoln, 1802-1971 [Port Lincoln, S. Aust.: Corporation of Port Lincoln], 1971
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