SS Iron Knob

SS Iron Knob was a 3,349 GRT Australian cargo ship of BHP Shipping. It was built by Poole & Steele Ltd of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1922 for the Australian Commonwealth Line and initially named SS Euwarra. It was sold to BHP Shipping in October 1923 and renamed Iron Knob, becoming one of three "E" class steamships in BHP service.[1]

Iron Knob c1920s
Name: SS Iron Knob
Namesake: Iron Knob, South Australia
Owner: BHP Shipping
Port of registry: Melbourne, Australia
Builder: Poole & Steele Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia
Launched: 1922
Homeport: Melbourne
Fate: Sunk
General characteristics
Class and type: "E" class
Type: General cargo
Tonnage: 3,349 GRT
Length: 331 ft 5 in (101.02 m)
Beam: 47 ft 9 in (14.55 m)
Depth: 2,326 ft 1 in (708.99 m)
Propulsion: 1 x triple expansion steam engine (Poole & Steele) 516 hp (385 kW)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h)

In its 32 years of service, it made 393 voyages between Newcastle and other Australian ports.

In 1955 it was sold to Panatiotis Vrangos of Italy, reregistered in Panama, and renamed SS Clarisse. The Clarisse sank in heavy seas in the Indian Ocean near 8°4′N 51°10′E on 15 July 1957.


  1. "A Steamer Purchased by B.H. Proprietary Co". Barrier Miner. 19 March 1925.

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