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Name: STAR OF AUSTRALIA
Type: Cargo Ship
Keel: 02/02/1862
Launched: 31/05/1862
Completed: 10/07/1862
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 11
Dimensions: 231grt, 186nrt, 316dwt, 134.2 x 21.3 x 11.0ft
Engines: 2cyl (27 & 27 x 18ins), 40nhp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn, Newcastle
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 9.0knots
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 46421
History:
11/02/1863 Broomfield & Whitaker, Sydney, NSW
1865 Australasian Steam Navigation Co, Sydney
09/01/1865 Missing
Comments: Raised quarter deck type with engines aft
Rigged as a three masted schooner for passage to Australia
Contract price 4950. Profit 806-1s-10d
09/01/1865: Departed Sydney for Rockhampton towing two Government punts
Subsequently reported missing. 20 people died


Shipping & Mercantile Gazette, Thursday, 13/04/1865