TSS Maianbar

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Coastal steamer MAIANBAR (9556561341).jpg
Career (Australia)
Name: Maianbar
Owner: North Coast Steam Navigation Company
Port Stephens Steamship Company
Builder: Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipping Company, Glasgow
Yard number: 239
Laid down: 1910
Launched: 3 September 1910
Homeport: Sydney
Fate: Ran aground on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, Australia on 5 May 1940 32°55′29″S 151°47′33.4″E / 32.92472°S 151.792611°E / -32.92472; 151.792611
General characteristics
Tonnage: 493
Length: 155.6 ft (47.4 m) (Lengthened to 175.6 ft (53.5 m) in 1920)
Beam: 28.1 ft (8.6 m)
Draft: 9.2 ft (2.8 m)
Propulsion: Steam 99kW (132.7hp)
Aerial view of Newcastle showing Nobbys Beach and coal terminals

The TSS Maianbar was a 493 ton steamship operated by the North Coast Steam Navigation Co during the first half of the 20th century.[1] While under tow from Port Stephens to Sydney in 1940 it broke its towline and ran aground on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

History[edit]

The Maianbar was built in 1910 by Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipping Co Ltd, Scotland for the North Coast Steam Navigation Company. She was built to replace the one year old SS Minimbah, a 460 ton steamer that broke in half after unsuccessfully attempting to cross the Manning River Bar earlier that year. The engine and boiler recovered from the Minimbah were shipped back to Scotland and used in the construction of the Maianbar.

The Maianbar was beached at the entrance to Macleay River in 1920 and defied attempts to re-float it for a month. After it was re-floated it was sent to Sydney where a major overhaul was carried out and the ship was lengthened by cutting it in half and plating between the two halves.

The Maianbar was not as fortunate after its second grounding, which happened at Nobby's. It was unable to be re-floated and was broken up on site, not far from where the MV Pasha Bulker ran aground many years later on 8 June 2007. Unlike the Pasha Bulker the Maianbar was grounded during fine weather after its towrope parted on its way to Sydney after being sold back to its original owners, the North Coast Steam Navigation Co.

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