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From: "Rhonda Turnbull" <>
Subject: Re: Richmond River Run
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 14:05:34 +1100
The book you need is : "North Coast Runs - Men and Ships of the NSW North
Coast" by Mike Richards, 1997, 1980, 1996 (published Turton & Armstrong) ISBN
0 908031 67 X
There is no index, but in Appendix one there is listed:
COOMBAR : 131537
Steel T.S.S. built 1912 at Port Glasgow for N.C.S.N. Co. 581 tons gr. 166.0 x
30.1 x 10.1. Sold to W.R. Carpenter 1937, W. Crosby & Co. 1941, R.A.N. for
remainder of war, Barret & Co. of Singapore 1946, then Manners & Co. in 1948.
Renamed "San David", French Indo-China 1949, renamed "Orion", finally registered
in Siagon as a powered lighter "Trung Thin". Possibly still afloat, she was (or
is) 99 h.p.
CANONBAR : 125242
Steel S.S. built 1910 Ardrossan, for N.C.S.N. Co. 708 tons gr. 185.8 x 32.1 x
11.0. Fo'c'sle 20', Bridge 12', R.Q. Deck 93', 108 h.p. Sold 1926 to J. Burke,
resold 1946 to Hong Kong in 1949 renamed "Rosita" then "Valiente", 1958
registered Panama still appears in Lloyd's of 1967/8. Reported missing in
Mekong River, Vietnam (Sydney "Sun").
After a VERY, quick flip through the book, I could find no mention of a Peter
Anderson, but on page 81, there is mention of : "Captain W. Anderson, local
manager of the N.C.S.N. Company Ltd at Grafton on the Clarence River was a fine
example of the older generation of shipmasters. Not always tactful, he stood no
nonsense from anyone, client or employee, but was very likeable in spite of his
gruff manner. He was a very efficient local manager and highly respected by the
Clarence River people with whom he came in contact. Captain Anderson was a
former master in the Byron Bay trade for some years before going to Grafton
where he remained for many years until his retirement from active duties. It
was perhaps fortunate he did not see the days of industrial anarchy in the
shipping industry, for he would never have tolerated the changing conditions.
Hope this is of some assistance.
----- Original Message -----
From: Maureen Doyle <>
Sent: Wednesday, 9 February 2000 11:24
Subject: Richmond River Run
> Hi everybody, I am new to this list. I am looking for any information
> on the North Coast Steamship Navigation Company. My great grandfather
> Captain Peter Anderson used to sail boats up the Northern rivers in the
> late 1890's up to 1920's. Two of the boats he sailed were the Coombar
> and the Canonbar. We have very little information on him. I believe he
> receives mention in a book written by Mike Richards on the North Coast
> Seamen. If anybody has any information I would be most greatful.
> Also I am looking for information on The Pratt and Newstead families who
> are also my great grandparents. They lived in the Grafton area for most
> of their lives.
> Best regards