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Steel Steamship

© Unhnown

The Malaita was built in 1893 for the Bahamas Steamship Co Ltd and had an interesting career. Originally named the Anilla, she went from being a cargo steamer, converted into a coal hulk, and then converted back to a general cargo carrier. Built under Special Survey. Schooner Rigged, elliptical stern, clincher built.

Built by Grangemouth Dockyard Co in Grangemouth, UK in 1893 as the Antilla, for the Bahamas Steamship Co Ltd, Nassau. A steel, single screw steamship with a length of 200 feet (61 metres), beam of 30.2 feet (9.2 metres) and 12.3 feet (3.7 metres) in depth. The vessel was a 511 tons net, 940 tons gross.

The vessel was damaged by fire in 1904, then purchased in 1905, reconditioned and renamed the Malaita by Burns, Philp & Co, for trade in the Pacific islands. Bought by Huddart Parker in 1914, its engine and boiler were removed and she was conveted into a coal hulk. Later sold to Moreland Smelting Co Ltd, in 1919, and towed to from Sydney to Melbourne in three days where the engines of the paddle steamer Excelsior were installed. As a steamer once more the Malaita made several voyages to New Zealand and Pacific Islands as a cargo ship. She was eventually laid up at anchor in Hobson's Bay.

Malaita Ashore
Malaita Ashore
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After partially destroying the South Melbourne baths when she broke her moorings and drifted ashore in a storm on 17 Dec 1926, the Malaita was put back into service but was soon withdrawn again.

On 20 November 1928 the Malaita was towed out into Bass Strait and scuttled in the Ships' Graveyard.

See also, Australian National Shipwreck Database: Malaita, and
Heritage Council Victoria: Malaita.

Latitude: 38° 21.267′ S   (38.354444° S / 38° 21′ 16″ S)
Longitude: 144° 33.067′ E   (144.551111° E / 144° 33′ 4″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-12 04:14:09 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hygeia, 944 m, bearing 60°, ENE
Steel steamship, 940 ton.
Built: Grangemouth, UK, 1893.
Scuttled: 20 November 1928.

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