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Information pertaining to the Balranald ship

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Balranald ship



The Balranald was one of five ships built in the early 1920’s for the Branch Line Service via the Cape to Australia. They were designed to carry migrants. Balranald held 491 permanent third class passengers and 658 temporary berths on the outward voyage only.  They were P & O liners. Balranald had one funnel, weighed 13039 gross tons, measured 519.9 feet and 64 .2 feet across the beam. Harland and Wolff built her at Greenock in yard no 349, so she is described as Clydebuilt. Built in 1921 she worked the seas from 1922 until being sold for scrap in 1936. A photo is shown on the website www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=15376



In April 1925 the Balranald brought the child immigrant farm workers, known as Barwell Boys, to Australia.  If one is interested the State Library holds the 1924 diary of J. W. Scholefield, where page 37 talks about this. The catalogue number is D7970/1/L. 


For further information about such ships you could contact the Maritime Museum of SA at Lipson Street, Port Adelaide.


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