Renewing the boilers of HMVS 'Cerberus'

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ART19857
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 41.2 x 27.6 cm
Object type Print
Physical description wood engraving on paper
Maker Unknown
The Illustrated Australian News
Date made 1883
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


The boilers of the Cerberus were condemned by authorities as being unsafe in 1881. Repairs proved too difficult until engineers discovered a way to remove the funnel from the upper deck and therefore gain access to replace the boilers through the hatchway. This illustration which was published in 1883 in 'The Illustrated Australian News' shows the old boilers as they lay on the wharf after being taken out, the manner in which a 50 ton steam crane was used in hoisting them out, and the stoke hole where the work of taking the boilers out of their positions had to be performed.
This print was reproduced in the Illustrated Australian News on 21 March 1883, p.41. It has been incised with the signature, 'Mal' in the lower left corner, although the artist has not been identified. On the verso is page 42 of the Illustrated Australian News.