Leichhardt Brisbane Paddles SLQ-117028 300pxW thumb  

The Australasian Steam Navigation Company's shipyards built the 459 ton paddle-steamer
Leichardt in 1863-64. Around July 1865, the new vessel  was placed into Sydney-Brisbane-Maryborough-Rockhampton service. Image likely to be in the Brisbane River.

Interestingly, historical records appear to show the vessel having only a single ‘h’ in her name!

(SLQ 117028)

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Leichhardt in Brisbanes dry dock 1885 SLQ 1 233538 300pxW thumb  

Beautiful view of Leichardt in the South Brisbane Dry Dock in 1885, looking in from the river-end caisson. She was converted from paddle-wheels to more efficient twin propellors in 1872, losing one funnel and gaining a third mast. Together with her clipper bow (visible in the river image above), these changes made her a very elegant vesel indeed.

With the discovery of the Palmer gold rush in far north Queensland in 1873, Captain Saunders took the Leichardt north from Brisbane on 15 October, carrying police, gold and engineering officials, and 70 optimistic miners,  arriving in the Endeavour River at Cooktown 10 days later

Returning south, Leichardt became the first coastal steamer to call in at Trinity Bay (Cairns), six days before that port received its first regular shipping
service.

(SLQ 1 233538)

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Leichardt landing Silkhet immigrants BDB 1883 HM 300pxW thumb  

In 1883, the Leichardt was photographed bringing immigrants up the Burnett River, from the emigrant ship variously spelled Silkhet, to dock at Bundaberg.

There is a pronounced list, as crew and passengers crowd the vessel's starboard side! Her ultimate fate is unknown.

(SLQ 395093)

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Leichhardt TorresStr grounding ATSB report 1987-8 300pxW thumb  

The 20th century Leichhardt was a  64m-long, 1,155 GRT coastal freighter built in Japan in 1981. At 2050 on the night of 3 December 1987, she struck a shoal in the Torres Strait but refloated without injury or pollution (the holed fuel tank was fortunately empty at the time). Her bottom damage was repaired at Cairns in February 1988, but her fate is unknown.
(ATSB report)

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Pb Leichhard Scott-Mountford MarineTraffic.com 300pxW thumb  

 

The PB Leichhardt was built in China by tug designer Damen Shipyard. At 28 metres long, with a beam of 10m, she has a maximum speed of 12.9 knots and is rated as 59- tonne bollard pull. She was joined in Townsville by identical sister vessel PB Herbert a month later.

Another tug, the 25-metre PB Endeavour, arrived to support operations while the two new vessels were being commissioned. PB Towage, a subsidiary of Pacific Basin Shipping, currently has about 15 tugs operating in Australia.

(Scott Mountford photo, from MarineTraffic.com)

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