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Name: CHAMPION
Launched: 04/11/1895
Completed: 12/1895
Builder: JP Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields
Yard Number: 168
Dimensions: 307grt, 16nrt, 135.5 x 24.2 x 13.9ft
Engines: T3cyl (17.25, 28.5, 47 x 38ins), 146nhp, 1000ihp
Engines By: JP Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields
Propulsion: 1 x Screw (left handed)
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 94122
History:
1895 John & Alexander Brown, Newcastle, NSW
1896 Registered at Newcastle, NSW
1898 William & Stephen Brown, Newcastle; registered at Sydney, NSW
09/05/1931 Waratah Tug & Salvage Co Ltd, Sydney
22/04/1937 Restyled Waratah Tug & Salvage Co Pty Ltd, Sydney
02/01/1953 C T Narbey (Narbey Electrical & Engineering Co)
25/02/1954 Sank
Comments: John Brown was the famed Newcastle (Australia) coal ‘baron’ and CHAMPION was widely
known as ‘John Brown’s yacht'. She was built with a grand piano located in the saloon for entertainment during his excursions
19/12/1895: Left South Shields for Malta, Singapore, Darwin & Thursday Island
26/2/1896: Arrived at Newcastle, NSW.
1918: Requistioned for service with the Royal Australian Navy, manned by Brigade personnel
05/11/1952: Taken out of service at Newcastle, NSW
25/2/1954: Sank after capsizing at No 7 Dyke moorings, Newcastle, NSW
04/08/1954: Registry closed
1957: Broken up in situ
Thanks to Buster J Browne for the above details


Above photo copyright of Allan Green

Above photo copyright of Allan Green

Above photo copyright of Buster J Browne

Above photo copyright Buster J Browne