Ships Bell - Birubi 1927

Bev Woodman

Valentine, Australia

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One of the bells from the Birubi – the Birubi was a pilot boat, built at the Walsh Island dockyard in Newcastle, and was launched on 19th August 1927. The name Birubi is Aboriginal for by the Sea. The Birubi carried a boarding boat by which pilots were transferred to waiting vessels at sea. The Birubi went down in history when in 1931, she made a mercy dash to Lord Howe Island. On board was a doctor and nurse who were need to help treat sick woman. She was retired on Thursday, 6 August 1959 and was sold to someone from Sydney man who began to convert the boat to a motor launch but could not complete the project because of lack of funding. The Birubi was eventually sold and broken up. (Thank you to the Newcastle Port Authority for this information).

This bell can be found alongside the bell of the SS Minmi in the Newcastle Maritime Museum situated on Lee Wharf on Newcastle Foreshore in NSW Australia.

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