TSS Maianbar

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Career (Australia) Australia
Builder: Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipping Co Ltd, Scotland  Scotland
Laid down: 1910
Launched: 1910
Decommissioned: 1940
Out of service: 1940
Struck: 1940
Homeport: Sydney
Fate: Ran aground on Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, Australia on 5 May 1940 32°55′29″S 151°47′33.4″E / 32.92472°S 151.792611°E / -32.92472; 151.792611
General characteristics
Displacement: 493 tons (502 tonnes)
Length: 155.6 ft (47.4 m) (Lengthened to 175.6 ft (53.5 m) in 1920)
Beam: 28.1 ft (8.6 m)
Draft: 9.2 ft (2.8 m)
Propulsion: Steam 99kW (132.7hp)
File:Newcastle NSW aerial annotated.jpg
Aerial view of Newcastle showing Nobbys Beach and coal terminals

The TSS Maianbar was a 493 ton steamship operated by the North Coast Steam Navigation Co during the first half of the Twentieth Century.[1] While under tow from Port Stephens to Sydney in 1940 it broke its towline and ran aground on Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.


The Maianbar was built in 1910 by Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipping Co Ltd, Scotland and sailed under the flag of Australia. She was built to replace the one year old SS Minimbah, a 460 ton steamer that broke in half after unsuccessfully attempting to cross the Manning River Bar earlier that year. The engine and boiler recovered from the Minimbah were shipped back to Scotland and used in the construction of the Maianbar.

The Maianbar was beached at the entrance to Macleay River in 1920 and defied attempts to refloat it for a month. After it was refloated it was sent to Sydney where a major overhaul was carried out and the ship was lengthened by cutting it in half and plating between the two halves.

The Maianbar was not as fortunate after its second grounding, which happened at Nobby's. It was unable to be refloated and was broken up on site, not far from where the MV Pasha Bulker ran aground many years later on 8 June 2007. Unlike the Pasha Bulker the Maianbar was grounded during fine weather after its towrope parted on its way to Sydney after being sold back to its original owners, the North Coast Steam Navigation Co.


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