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(13 pictures)
Picture relating to Yarra River - titled 'SS Beltana Duke & Orrs Drydock Yarra River'
Picture relating to Windang Island - titled 'Windang Island camping ground 1963 with my friends from left Chris,Leslie and Robyn-wonder where they are now.Note battery powered record player playing 45 maybe Crash Craddock singing Boom Boom Baby.She did not really drink that beer just posed for the picture we were only 15.'
Picture relating to Little Mount Bogong - titled 'Summit Hut Mount Bogong'
Picture relating to Scarborough - titled 'Scarborough Beach Camp Grounds (Tent City) '
Picture relating to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir - titled 'Fitzroy Falls  - in Flood'
Picture relating to Illamurta Spring - titled 'Northern Territory - Illamurta 1963'
Picture relating to Henbury - titled 'Henbury Station - Central Australia 1963'
Picture relating to Oodnadatta - titled 'Northern Territory'
Picture relating to Mount Nugong - titled 'Mount Nugong / Bentley's Plain'
Picture relating to Mount Conner - titled 'Alice Springs'
Picture relating to Idracowra - titled 'Idracowra Station'
Picture relating to Peko Mine - titled 'Peko Mine'
Picture relating to Ord River - titled 'Ord River Dam Wall'

SS Beltana Duke & Orrs Drydock Yarra River

contributed by GraemeReid, taken in September 1963
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SS Beltana ran aground and became a constructive loss after striking the Corsair Rock in the Rip Channel at Port Philip Heads on 16th September 1963. She was beached on Mornington Peninsula off Dromana and later was taken to the Duke & Orrs drydock in the Yarra River near Spencer Street Bridge Melbourne where these reproduced colour slides were taken. After being patched up, she was sold and towed to Hong Kong and broken up. SS Beltana had a three cylinder tripple expansion steam engine with an exhaust turbine - single shaft one screw. Power = 390 nhp; Speed = 11 knots and tonnage was 3034 grt; dimensions were 108.9 X 14.8 X 6.2 Metres; She was built in 1937 by Calendon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd Dundee; Engine was from Kincaid John G. & Co.... Corsair Rock claimed many ships over the years. Apparently it is reportedly about one kilometre out from Point Nepean and is beneath the surface, even at low tide. The anchor and chains are missing, apparently due to them not being able to be raised because of lack of power

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