The lady of the water : the story of SS Koopa, 1911-1953 / Colin Jones and David Jones.

Collection type Library
Author Jones, Colin, 1941-2019, author.; Jones, David (David Embry), 1945-, author.;
Call Number 387.2044 J76
Document type Monograph
Year [2015] 015.
Pagination vii, 55 pages : illustrations (some colour), 1 map, 1 portrait, facsimiles ; 23 cm.
Publisher Boolarong Press,
Note Includes bibliographical references (page 50-51) and index. The Koopa was launched on 15 September 1911 and after trials on 14 October, completed and left Leith under the command of Captain Robert Douglas Taylor six days later. In the English Channel she met heavy weather and was forced to shelter off Margate andlater in Portsmouth. She made most of her passage on one boiler only, which gave her a speed of 11 knots, but in the Bay of Biscay both boilers were fired and on three successive days she steamed 332, 328 and 290 miles, an average of up to 14 knots. Calls for coal and water were made at Gibraltar, Port Said, Perim (southern entrance to the Red Sea), Colombo, Batavia, Thursday Island, Cooktown and Townsville. On Christmas Eve of 1911 the Koopa entered the Brisbane River for the first time, and she was met off Hamilton by company and other officials in the Greyhound, and given a clean bill of health. Crowds were waiting for her on the tug company..s wharf by the Customs House as she rounded Kangaroo Point, flags gaily flying from both masts, but she steame d straight past to the South Brisbane railway wharf to coal about 5pm. The Jones.. rothers telling of their Koopa story inject this much loved maritime icon into the social fabric that formed the halcyon times in Brisbane and in coastal communities border ing Moreton Bay post World War I. She was the doyenne of pleasure steamers in Moreton Bay who proudly served her adoptive country in Peace and in War.
Place made Salisbury, Qld :

Acknowledgements -- The Lady of the Water -- Redcliffe, Bribie and their ferries -- Koopa''s arrival and early days -- A day trip on the Koopa -- Between the wars -- War service -- Twilight years.

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