ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BIRCHGROVE
Construction
STEEL
Type
CARGO
Date
1930
Description
Yard Number: 122

Renamed: BIRCHGROVE PARK

Engine number 203, boiler number 1154 (Palmers of Hebburn on Tyne)
Average speed on trial 9.5 knots.
Builder's certificate dated 27 October 1930.

Sailed to Sydney under Capt. Milligan arriving 18th January 1931. In August 1941 she was commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy and operated as an auxiliary minesweeper, and then as stores and personnel transport. Served in New Guinea and Indonesia until returned to R W Miller & Co. after the war.

Wrecked Avalon Beach, NSW, Australia 2nd August 1956 whilst carrying 500 tons of coal from Newcastle to Sydney in a storm. She listed badly to port for hours before being struck by a large wave and rolling over, she capsized and sank. The crew were unable to launch the lifeboats and were forced to swim for their lives. Rescue vessels picked up a few survivors but 10 lives were lost. The wreck lies in 50m of water, about 3km off Avalon Beach, 7km south of Broken Bay, New South Wales.
Shipbuilder
John Lewis & Sons
Owner
R W Miller Pty. Ltd, Sydney
Dimensions
length 153 5/12' x breadth 34 1/12' x depth 12 3/6'
Gross Tonnage: 640 ton

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