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SS City of Singapore

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1952. City of Singapore.

SS City of Singapore of the Hall Line of Ellerman Lines.

"In April, 1924, the vessel was seriously damaged, and her engines practically destroyed by an explosion and fire in the engine-room which took place at Adelaide. For some months it appeared doubtful if the vessel could be saved, but eventually she was salved and temporarily repaired by Mr. W. J. Russell. A little more than a year after her accident, he left Adelaide on April 11th in charge of the Dutch tugs Willem Barendszn and Vlaanderen, and after a journey of over 13,000 miles she reached Rotterdam on September 1st, 1925. Although the ship arrived two months later than was expected, repair work on her was at once begun by the Rotterdam Dry Dock Co, Ltd., and she was completed and delivered to her owners two weeks before the contract date. It was necessary practically to cut the ship into two parts, in order to carry out tho extensive repairs which were required. The operations of salving, towing and reconditioning the City of Singapore were carried out with an ingenuity and dispatch which reflects credit upon all who were concerned with the work. It would be interesting to learn how the cost of the work done compares with that which would have been incurred if the repair had been carried out in Australia."[1]

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  1. The Engineer 1926/01/01