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Name: BEAUTIFUL STAR
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 19/12/1861
Completed: 20/01/1862
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune, Low Walker
Yard Number: 7
Dimensions: 156grt, 123nrt, 119.1 x 17.1 x 10.5ft
Engines: 2 cyl (18 & 18 x 13ins), 30nhp
Engines by: J Thompson & Co, Newcastle
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 8.5knots
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 43602
History:
1862 Broomfield & Whitaker, Sydney NSW
1875 Union Steamship Co of New Zealand, Dunedin
1900 Thomas Nichols, Hobart, Tasmania
25/12/1907 Destroyed by fire
Comments: She cost 3401-3s-1d to build, with the builders loosing 151-3s-1d on the contract.
The engines cost 990
For her delivery voyage she was fitted with a remarkable system of fresh water tanks, for conveying live salmon eggs to Australia, which was not a success
She was the fist screw collier to be employed on the Australian coastal trade, on the 70 mile run between Newcastle & Sydney NSW
25/12/1907: She was laid up at the Domain Slip, Tasmania, alongside the hulk of the former whaling barque DERWENT HUNTER, when a fire was discovered on board. Both vessel destroyed.
The hulk was later towed to New Town Bay, beached and abandoned. Its remains were visible for many years until being covered by road works in the 1960s


Above photo courtesy of Flotilla Australia