Grafton Rowing Club History: Early Shipping 9
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Early Shipping on the Clarence

Early Shipping 9 - "Kallatina"

S.S. "Kallatina" at Maclean in the 1890s

The S.S. "Kallatina" was built at Port Glasgow as a passenger vessel for the Clarence River and Manning River Steam Navigation Company. She was completed in 1890 and sailed to Grafton from Glasgow by Captain Creer.

The "Kallatina" was 54.6 metres (179 feet) in length and 646 tons. She was screw driven by an 88 h.p engine.

"Kallatina" sailed into Sydney 35 days after leaving Glasgow without coaling en route. She arrived in Grafton in August, 1890, in the midst of a big shipping strike. She was particularly welcome as the British crew continued working throughout the strike.

Her arrival in Grafton was the occasion for a carnival, with her electric lights illuminating her decks as 600 to 700 people examined her whilst the city band played songs of celebration.


The "Kallatina" was sold in 1920 and hulked in 1931. Her hulk is now part of the breakwater at Moreton Island.

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