HMAS Manoora Memorabilia Page

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Adelaide Steamship Company

T.S.M.V. Manoora

HMAS Manoora & TSMV Ambulombo, Affan Oceana, Ambulombo

 

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The T.S.M.V Manoora at the height of her career!

The word “Manoora” is Aboriginal for “Spring”!

From the author’s collection

 

A Special Page Full of Interesting Items of Memorabilia

Presented by ssMaritime Supporters

Part One - Passenger Tickets & Labels, etc:

This part came about due to receiving an email from a Mr. Jack Dwyer whose parent’s, Mr and Mrs Mollie and Frank Dwyer sailed on the TSMV Manoora and he has kindly sent me a fine collection of items that has been retained since 1958, and I am certainly most appreciative to him for providing these most memorable items as they will be of interest so many of my readers!

Mr and Mrs Dwyer Snr sailed on as the schedule shows on Voyage 173, departing Sydney on May 13, 1958, and they sailed via Brisbane 15 & 16 May, Townville to Cairns and returned home via the same ports arriving back in Sydney on May 29.

On this page, I will commence with four departures of the winter schedule for 1958, followed up by a ticket envelope and the two sides of a luggage label, and an information leaflet. Then to complete the page there is part of the ever popular on board activity the Race Meeting and parts of the race booklet is also shown, and we end with the best of it all, the menu, which is dated Wednesday May 28, 1958, the night prior to disembarkation!

On Page Three you will find the Manoora Brochure complete with the full Deck Plan of the ship, and this was also provided by Mr. Jack Dwyer as his parents had retained it in their folder, and he sent it to me for publication! The Link is at the bottom of the page!

Part Two - Memorabilia:

Then in Part Two I present a wonderful collection of Memorabilia that have been presented by a number of past passengers or their relatives. Each item had the details noted and I am very grateful, for many of these have in fact been donated to me to be placed in my small but popular maritime museum. Although that as is this website remains as it has always been since 1995 100% non-commercial, for I do not take any paid advertising, even though I am offered a fortune, considering the millions of visitors this site receives. Not am I associated with any shipping company and when I go on a cruise, I pay my full fare, for if I do write a cruise review, I always remain completely without any bias!

But, to you my wonderful supporters and those who so kindly have provided images and items of memorabilia, be it a photograph of a precious item, or the actual item donated to the ssMaritime museum, I wish to thank send you heartfelt thank you! Believe me, without you this site could never have been the success it has become and the wonderful Manoora would never have received the coverage that this fine ship has deserved!

A Personal Note:

Personally the time that Mollie and Frank Dwyer was on board the delightful TSMV Manoora, in fact the second day the ship was in Brisbane, May 16, 1958 was rather significant for me, for as it happened it was my birthday, not that that was special, but it was not celebrated for we had left our home in Amsterdam and were staying in a hotel in Rotterdam, for my Mother and I departed Rotterdam the very next day May 17. We left our tragic past, having survived WW2 and its tragedies and sailed for our new home Down Under via the Panama Canal! The ship was the Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak, an elegant 12,000-ton old liner that was sadly scrapped the very next year, but I dearly loved that ship and it was whilst I was on board I gained my great love of ships and the sea and I decided there and then that I would work in the Passenger Shipping industry, and I did! I started as an office boy and worked up the hard way, until I was the manager, the managing Director, CEO of one of the largest Passenger Shipping Companies in the World, concluding operating a Cruise Line, now owned by Royal Caribbean International, after which I retired and in due course commence my websites in 1995. Thus 1958 is an important year in my history as well as the Dwyer’s!

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer.

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Part One

T.S.M.V. “MANOORA”

ITINERARY FOR QUEENSLAND WINTER SERVICE – 1958

 

 

 

 

TRIP 173

 

TRIP 174

 

TRIP 175

TRIP 176

Leave Melbourne

 

2 p.m.

Saturday

10th May

 

7th June

 

5th July

2nd August

Arrive Sydney

 

7 a.m

Monday

12th

 

9th

 

7th

4th

Leave Sydney

 

7 p.m

Tuesday

13th

 

10th

 

8th

5th

Arrive Brisbane

 

7 a.m

Thursday

15th

 

12th

 

10th

7th

Leave Brisbane

 

8 p.m.

Friday

16th

 

13th

 

11th

8th

Arrive Townsville

 

a.m.

Monday

19th

 

16th

 

14th

11th

Leave Townsville

 

p.m.

Tuesday

20th

 

17th

 

15th

12th

Arrive Cairns

 

a.m.

Wednesday

21st

 

18th

 

16th

13th

Leave Cairns

 

p.m.

Friday

23rd

 

20th

 

18th

15th

Arrive Townsville

 

a.m.

Saturday

24th

 

21st

 

19th

16th

Leave Townsville

 

p.m.

Saturday

24th

 

21st

 

22nd

16th

Arrive Brisbane

 

7 a.m

Tuesday

27th

 

24th

 

22nd

19th

Leave Brisbane

 

7 p.m

Tuesday

27th

 

24th

 

24th

19th

Arrive Sydney

 

7 a.m

Thursday

29th

 

26th

 

24th

21st

Leave Sydney

 

2 p.m.

Saturday

31st

 

28th

 

26th

Overhaul and Lloyd’s Survey.

Resumes W.A. Summer Service 26th September.

Arrive Melbourne

 

7 a.m

Monday

2nd June

 

30th

 

28th

 

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A letter from The Adelaide Steamship Co, Ltd., accompanying Mr & Mrs Dwyer’s return Sydney, Cairns, Sydney Passage Ticket

All items below were provided by their son Mr. Jack Dwyer

 

Ticket envelope for voyage in May 1968

 

 

Above and below: Above & below: One of Mr & Mrs Dwyer’s spare baggage labels

 

 

 

 

Above and below: General Passenger information leaflet

 

 

 

Manoora’s Social activities: Horse race book cover

 

Racing book inside cover – with Manoora post war details

 

Here are two great games to lace a bet on! - Let’s go for “Blond Lassie” in Game 1, and “Red Lips” in Game 2!

OK, so I am a Guy and let face it, “Fishwife” did not sound too great, and did she and “Flight” have some fight in them and win?

 

Racing conditions should obviously be taken very, very seriously!

 

 

 Above and below: First Class Dinner Menu with Captain O Nilsson O.B.E. in Command

As we can see it is dated May 28, 1958

 

All the above was provided by Mollie and Frank Dwyer’s son, Jack Dwyer

And I am so very grateful to him for his kind assistance in providing so much material, which will be enjoyed by so many!

 

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Part two

 

T.S.M.V Manoora ~ Memorabilia Section

 

This fine silver mug may have been given out as a trophy for special events on board

The mug was generously provided to the author by Garry and Elspeth Jacobs

The elegantly crafted silver plated mug with the Manoora badge as seen above was made by Angus and Coote in Australia. Mr. Garry Jacobs located the mug in his parent’s collection and decided to do some research on the ship online and found this page on the TSMV Manoora. Having contacted the author, Garry decided to have Angus and Coote look at the hallmark in the base, but he was advised that the records that contained this particular hallmark seemed to have gone missing in the space of time thus it could not be accurately dated. Although it was held that the hallmark did suggest the mug would have been made prior WWII. The hallmark is in old English lettering to denote that it is EPNS (Silver Plating) and the Angus and Coote expert said that this kind of lettering was certainly very unusual.

When Garry was young he sailed with his parents and his sister on Australia’s largest and most luxurious ever liner, the TSMV Kanimbla from Melbourne to Sydney and return. But obviously as he discovered one day when going through the many mementos, his parents had also sailed on the TSMV Manoora when he was much younger.

Garry and Elspeth Jacobs very kindly donated this superb silver mug/trophy to the author's maritime collection and I am greatly appreciative to them both for providing such a magnificent item of Australian maritime history for us all to enjoy long in the future! It will be seen in due course in various Australian Maritime Museums as it will be loaned to their Australian passenger fleet displays, together with the many other items in my possession.

Other Silver Items from the TSMV Manoora

 

A silver cheese knife seen on an artist impression of the ship

The knife was kindly donated to the author by Holly Whillas

 

A closer view of the Manoora medallion

The kindly was donated to the author by Holly Whillas

 

A superb set of TSMV Manoora Silver Salt and Peppershakers

The above and beautiful silver items below were kindly provided to the author by Jamie Duggin

Jame Duggin’s Grandfather was a landing craft coxswain on the Manoora during the war and apparently he obtained these items (above & below) whilst he was on board during his service days!

A Silver mug

Provided by Jamie Duggi

 

Two Silver eggcups

Provided by Jamie Duggi

 

 

Above & below: Now here is something very rare, a pipe holder obtained from on board the TSMV Manoora

This beautiful item was kindly gifted to the author by Mr & Mrs. Robert and Christine Barker from West Sussex, England

 

 

A beautiful Souvenir Manoora Bell obtained on a voyage in 1956

The bell is owned & photo sent in by Harold Wood who sailed on her as a 10 tear old

 

Another item of Manoora Memorabilia

 

Another of the Manoora’s souvenirs, a Pen or a Pencil holder, it is held at the top of the anchor

Sent in by a supporter, but from an unknown source

 

Another fine view of a great Australian liner, those days are now long gone. Then truth is they could never exist in these modern days as Australian crews would be far too costly. Australian owned, run and manned passenger ships would go broke faster than lightning, as they would not stand a chance in hell to survive, I am sad to say!

T.S.M.V Manoora ~ INDEX:

Page One The Ships history page.

Page Two Mr & Mrs Dwyer sail on T.S.M.V. Manoora in MAY 1958.

Page Three Ships Deck Plan provided by Mr. Jack Dwyer.

 

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