State Shipping Service of Western Australia

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State Shipping Service of Western Australia was a government transport entity created in 1912,[1] following the Western Australian state election, 1911, with an emphasis on providing reliable transport to the North West ports of the state.[2][3][4][5]

It was originally known as the State Steamship Service [6] and kept that name until 1918. From 1913 to 1918 it was controlled by the Fremantle Harbour Trust.

In 1919 the name was changed to State Shipping Service.[7]

In 1979 the service name was changed to 'Stateships [8] In 2005 the service ceased trading as it no longer operated any ships.

The former offices in Fremantle, are now used by the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, and various artefacts from the service are housed in the Fremantle Maritime Museum

Ships[edit]

A collection in Battye Library has a set of photographs of the ships that were used by the service [9]

The ships used by the service included:

  • Beroona[10]
  • Boogalla[11]
  • Delamere (built at the Whyalla shipyards in South Australia)
  • Eucla [12]
  • Kabbarli (built at Newcastle, N.S.W. - 1951)
  • Kangaroo (built at Brisbane, Queensland - 1962)
  • Koojarra (built at Necastle, N.S.W - 1956)
  • Koolama[13] (built at Dumbarton, Scotland - 1958)
  • Koolinda[14]
  • Kwinana
  • Western Australia [15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ State Shipping Service: 50th anniversary. Fremantle, W.A.: The Service, [1962] Information on the Service's 50th anniversary.
  2. ^ STATE STEAMSHIPS SERVICE - 4 May 1912 – 31 Dec 1918
  3. ^ Stephens, Alan Mitchell; Eric White Associates; State Shipping Service of Western Australia (1977), The stateships story: 1912–1977, Eric White Associates, ISBN 978-0-9500952-3-3 
  4. ^ Bennett, June; Royal Western Australian Historical Society (1968), The State Shipping Service: the adversities of operation from 1912–68, retrieved 27 December 2011 
  5. ^ Walker, William; University of Western Australia. History Discipline Group; University of Western Australia. School of Humanities (2005), Western Australia's coastal shipping: the struggle for control 1863–1914, retrieved 27 December 2011 
  6. ^ Western Australia. State Steamship Service (1912), Inauguration of the State Steamship Service : Souvenir, Govt. Pr, retrieved 26 January 2016 
  7. ^ http://aeon.sro.wa.gov.au/investigator/Details/Agency_Detail.asp?Entity=Global&Search=state%20shipping%20service&Op=All&Page=1&Id=770&SearchPage=Global State Records Office of WA agency detail text
  8. ^ STATE SHIPPING SERVICE - 1 Jan 1919 – 1 Jan 1979 (created under the - WA Coastal Shipping Commission Act, 1965 (from 15/11/1965). [1]
  9. ^ Western Australian Stateships [picture] : 1912-1987, pictorial record of all the ships in Stateships service since 1912. Leederville, W.A. : Australian Souvenirs Pty Ltd, 1987. 3rd Floor Pictorial. BA1009 Vol. 367
  10. ^ Beroona - description of ship recently added to the State Shipping Service - Geraldton Guardian, 8 August 1972, p.4f-g
  11. ^ http://henrietta.liswa.wa.gov.au/record=b2554534~S2
  12. ^ "SS. EUCLA.". Albany Advertiser (WA : 1897 - 1950). WA: National Library of Australia. 19 January 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  13. ^ http://henrietta.liswa.wa.gov.au/record=b2485801~S2
  14. ^ http://henrietta.liswa.wa.gov.au/record=b2215659~S2
  15. ^ Orloff, Izzy, 1891-1983; HRRC (1916), State ship Western Australia [picture], retrieved 26 January 2016  - noting the library catalogue notes: Western Australia was the third vessel in the Stateships fleet. Originally built for the Tsar of Russia, [as Mongolia] she was a hospital vessel in the Russo-Japanese War. After serving on the W.A. coast between 1912 and 1916 she was used by the British Admiralty as a hospital ship. She was sold to shipbreakers in 1935. Information from The Stateships story : 1912-1977 by Alan M. Stephens.Stephens, Alan Mitchell; Eric White Associates; State Shipping Service of Western Australia (1977), The stateships story : 1912-1977, Eric White Associates, ISBN 978-0-9500952-3-3