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Eric Schulz
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Username: eric_schulz

Post Number: 19
Registered: 01-2007


Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 08:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's a question for the Australian experts. What does this plate mean? Did Poole & Steele build engines, or is this from an engine they supplied?
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Mark Stretch
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Post Number: 87
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Eric,

My understanding is that Poole & Steel were shipbuilders. They were located at Cockatoo Island in Sydney, I don't know where in Adelaide. They may also have had operations in Melbourne.

Morts Dock may have been connected. The earliest year I have seen was 1912 and the latest 1950.

In the second World War they built minesweepers. I have seen a reference to "Engine Construction Book Drawings" in the National Archives.

dredger

Dredger No 19 built for the Commonwealth Navigation Department in 1914 or before. NAA: C4150: 54 - National Archives of Australia.

Eric I assume that they made large ships but perhaps also manufactured their own engines which would have also been large.

Cheers

Mark S.
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Eric Schulz
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Post Number: 20
Registered: 01-2007


Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Mark. I should have said that the plate shown is in the Adelaide Maritime Museum on a weldmesh display "board". "Adelaide and Sydney" would lead one to believe that Adelaide was the main works. It may, in fact, have been no more than a representatives office.

Eric
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Robert Van Derveer
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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

According to Lloyd's Register the BHP steamers IRON KNOB, IRON MASTER & IRON WARRIOR were built by Poole & Steele, Port Adelaide & the engines were built by them at that location
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Jon A.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 03:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Arthur Hugh Poole (1863-1953) born in England migrated in 1878 with his family to Otago, New Zealand where he worked as a blacksmith's apprentice. In 1896 he moved to Dunedin and became a partner in the engineering works of Stevenson and Poole Ltd. building bucket dredges which operated in Otago.

In 1902 he moved operations to Jembaicumbere, New South Wales building a gold dredge. On completion of his work and in partnership with James Steel he purchased the Australian Gold Dredging Co. at Balmain which later became Poole and Steel Pty.

In 1919 they established a shipyard in Osborne, South Australia where three steel cargo vessels (Eurimbla, Eugowra, Euwarra) were built for the Commonwealth Government and subsequently purchased by the Broken Hill Pty. Co.


Apart from ship building the Adelaide Works constructed railway wagons for the South Australian Railway and carried out the construction of dredges for harbour works. Due to the depression years following the First World War and the lack of orders the shipyard was closed, though the Balmain Works continued to build dredges for Siam, Malaya and Bulolo (P.N.G).

At the outbreak of war in 1939, the works of Poole and Steel Pty Ltd. turned to full war production under the direction of Arthur Poole as James Steel had since retired. The company built seven corvettes, two oil tankers and one diesel tug for the Commonwealth Government. In 1945 Poole & Steel Pty. Ltd., became a public company with Mr Poole appointed as a company director.
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Andrew Munns
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Username: johnoxley

Post Number: 58
Registered: 04-2010
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 07:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Poole & Steel Stephen St Balmain
See http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mildura/corvettes_4.htm
Site is now waterside apatments. Built many Bathurst class covettes - a bit like the Flower class but Australian twin screw triple expansion with 3 drum water tube boilers. Built as steamers as these engines could be built more easily when diesels were harder to come by, plus could be crewed by mercheant navy qualified reservists and older men who could not enlist.
In SA see http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=523

Many more references on net - have not been able to chase down #27 but have a mate with a hefty database.. and will ask
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Andrew Munns
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 07:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Further, my other maritime history networks give - "Most likely candidate appears to be dredge "No. 6 DREDGER" 750grt, built 1926 by Poole and Steel, Adelaide for Govt of SA. Dims 170' 34.6' x 13'. 1964 renamed E R BAYER. 1974 broken up. 450ihp T.3Cy.14", 22" &37"-27" Same yard built hopper "NO. 4" of 1,000grt in 1925 also for Govt of SA. In 1935 sold to Qld Govt, r/n MORWONG, dismantled and beached Tangalooma 6/4/73. Unless you can get Poole & Steele records from archives somewhere...
Next vessels after 1926 by these builders I can identify were vehic ferries GEORGE PEAT and FRANCIS PEAT by Sydney yard in 1930."

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