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20 April 1921 Launch of the Eurimbla

 20 April 1921   Launch of the Eurimbla

An immense crowd gathered at the shipyards of Poole and Steel at Osborne on the Port River to witness the launching of the Eurimbla  by Lady Weigall, wife of the Governor, on 20 April 1921. The cargo carrier with a capacity of 6000 tons dead weight, was 341 feet long, and was the first large vessel to be built in South Australia. She was commissioned by the Commonwealth Government and was named Eurimbla after a town in New South Wales.

Such was the interest in the launching that special trains ran to Port Adelaide and local schoolchildren were given a half holiday to celebrate the event.

The Advertiser, 21 April 1921, p. 7.

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