SS Loongana

SS Loongana was a Bass Strait passenger ship initially owned by Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. In 1922 she was transferred to Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd. SS Loongana was in service between 1904-1934 and was the first ship registered in the Southern Hemisphere with steam turbine propulsion. During the 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster she crossed the strait in 12 hours and 46 minutes at 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph), carrying rescue gear from Victorian mines.

SS Loongana
built in 1904 and scrapped in 1934
Builder: William Denny and Brothers
Launched: 1904
In service: 1904-1934
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2448 tons
Length: 300 ft (91 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)

Loongana is an Aboriginal word meaning to be swift or to fly.


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  • Clements, Graham (2005). "Bass Strait Passenger Ships". In Alexander, Alsion (ed.). The Companion to Tasmanian History. ISBN 1-86295-223-X.

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