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Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 04 Nov 2013 21:46 #130149

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Check out this trailer looks like solid tyres. some sort of cart, prototype jinker.



This load is the salvaged funnel from SS Tyalgum
A North Coast Steam Navigation Company's coastal trader.
Lost at flagstaff beach (Duranbah ) December 1939.



loading the funnel
The truck is a Studebaker and I was told it was a 1927 but looks closer to 1934? but I am open to suggestions.
The funnel was trucked to Byron Bay for loading on ship to Sydney.
The journey to the bay took 3 days from Tweed Heads
via Burringbar Range.



The Tyalgum stuck on rock outcrop at Duranbah
She was a 544 ton - 48.76 meter steel hull coastal steamer.
She was built by Lithgows Ltd at Port Glasgow Scotland in 1925.

The Tyalgum loaded at Newcastle bound for Tweed with 197 tons of coal, 20 tons of cement and several drums of benzene.

Its interesting to note that many of the North Coast Steam Navigation Company's ships were requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy during world war II and two of their ships were lost to enemy action.

December 5 1940 the MV Nimbin sunk 8 nautical miles of Norah Head N.S.W. after striking a mine laid by the Germain Auxiliary Cruiser Pinguin, with the loss of 7 people including the Captain.

April 29 1943 SS Wollongbar(1922) was torpedoed off Cresent Head N.S.W. with the loss of 32 of its 35 crew.

The SS Nambucca was also lost on active service destroyed by fire while serving with the US Army small fleet in the Pacific Islands.

The company traded till 1954 then went into voluntary
liquidation.

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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 04 Nov 2013 21:53 #130150

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Good bit of history there Alby, surprising how many ships were lost to enemy action off our coast in WW2, the war was certainly closer than it sometimes portrayed.
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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 05 Nov 2013 06:36 #130151

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good on ya Allby very interesting looks like jinker was old truck chassis can still see rear spring hangers by the looks of it mind you it might be my eyes playing tricks it never ceases to amaze me how many little boats there used to be around the coast and even on some of our lakes ect thanks for posting
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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 05 Nov 2013 07:18 #130152

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Thanks for the old pics, I can see how it would take 3 days to the bay, both bolsters seem to be "fixed" (no turntable) and the pole appears to attach to the rear of the truck.....with everything chained down it would be very very hard to turn corners....without breaking something.
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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 11 Nov 2013 19:44 #130153

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Hi Alby.No I'am not stealing your thread but your post got me thinking about what the road conditions would have been like, seventy years back Here are some pics and a map that helps explain.
Oaks avenue south of Chinderah.
The highway followed the river to Murwillumbah thru Tumbulgum and Condong,After Murwillumbah the the high way went thru Stokers Siding to the base of the Burringbar Range.

Over the Range.

Left for the Highway.

Near Burringbar.

Yelgun.

The Bridge's at Billinudgel.
After Billinudgel the road went over the tunnels and on to Mullumbimby and back to where the Highway is today at Tyagarah then on to Byron bay.

The destination of the funnel, Byron bay jetty.
I wonder if he had to back the load all the way down the jetty.
This map might help.

All Picture's and Maps are for Educational use only.
Loosley. :) ;)


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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 14 Nov 2013 22:07 #130154

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Thanks for your interest loosely
I like the first photo of Oakes Avenue was the road really that narrow
also the second pic of the burringbar looks like a goat track on todays standards
Thanks I really enjoyed that.

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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 28 Dec 2013 14:40 #130155

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Interesting photos.
Would have been painful lookin out the windows of the old car in 3rd photo-bottom right corner..
If indeed they are windows...? :D
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Re: Improvised Trailer - Studebaker Truck - circa 1940 28 Dec 2013 19:59 #130156

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Interesting photos.
Would have been painful lookin out the windows of the old car in 3rd photo-bottom right corner..
If indeed they are windows...? :D

Side curtains, I would think? They left it "locked" ;)

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