SS Pioneer (1905)

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History
Australia
Name: SS Pioneer
Owner: Government of Victoria
Operator: Department of Ports & Harbours, Melbourne
Builder: Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, Scotland
Yard number: 161
Launched: 15 April 1905
Identification: Official number: 120520
Fate: Scuttled off Port Phillip, 9 March 1950
General characteristics [1]
Type: Hopper Dredger
Tonnage:
Length: 170 ft (52 m) p/p
Beam: 37 ft 1 in (11.30 m)
Depth: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Propulsion: 2 × triple expansion steam engines, 2 shafts
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)

SS Pioneer was a steam dredging ship which was in service with the Department of Ports & Harbours, Melbourne, Australia, from 1905 to 1950.[1]

Wilhelm Wassmuss sailed on the SS Pioneer down the Tigris river in 1915, when making his way into Persia, to support revolts against the British there.[2]

Pioneer was finally scuttled in 50 metres (160 ft) of water in the "Ships' Graveyard" off Point Lonsdale on 9 March 1950.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Screw Steamer Pioneer". The Clyde Ships Data Base. 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Khandani, Babak. "German Qaran and Toman". Fravahr.org. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Victorian Ships' Graveyard". vicshipwrecks.com. 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2014.