built in 1904 and scrapped in 1934
|Builder:||William Denny and Brothers|
|Length:||300 ft (91 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
SS Loongana was a Bass Strait passenger ship initially owned by Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. In 1922 she was transferred to Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd. SS Loongana was in service between 1904-1934 and was the first ship registered in the Southern Hemisphere with steam turbine propulsion. During the 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster she crossed the strait in 12 hours and 46 minutes at 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph), carrying rescue gear from Victorian mines.
Loongana is an Aboriginal word meaning to be swift or to fly.
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