RMS MOOLTAN - 1952 

THE SHIP OF A THOUSAND ROMANCES

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Mooltan was built and launched in 1923 at the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Along with her identical sister 'Maloja', Mooltan worked P&O's Tilbury-Sydney service and proved immensely popular during the jazz age, earning a reputation for steadiness in rough seas. Mooltan went on to serve during the Second World War before returning to civilian service, carrying thousands of immigrants to Australia from Britain. Finally, after a thirty-year career, the mighty Mooltan was scrapped in Scotland.

‘MALOJA-CLASS’ LINER

LENGTH: 600’8”

BEAM: 73’5”

DRAUGHT: 34’10”

TONNAGE: 20,847 GRT

MAX SPEED: 17.5 KN

 
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the drawing

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This illustration of 'Mooltan', showing her 1952 configuration, was completed over the course of three weeks from May to June 2018 by Michael C Brady and involved around 50 hours of drawing. Original plans and high-definition photographs were studied in order to maintain authenticity.

Dimensions: 1155mm x 424mm, 300DPI

Mooltan's aft quarantine hospital and a set of antiquated radial lifeboat davits. These davits were installed when the ship was launched, but the majority were replaced after 1945 by more reliable and modern Gravity Davits.

Mooltan's aft quarantine hospital and a set of antiquated radial lifeboat davits. These davits were installed when the ship was launched, but the majority were replaced after 1945 by more reliable and modern Gravity Davits.

The base of Mooltan's sizable second funnel shows the larger Gravity Davits and 30' main boats, along with a section of her A-Deck promenade which spanned almost the entire length of the ship.

The base of Mooltan's sizable second funnel shows the larger Gravity Davits and 30' main boats, along with a section of her A-Deck promenade which spanned almost the entire length of the ship.

Detail showing the forward section of Mooltan's superstructure including her tall bridge 'island'. This structure housed the captain's bridge as well as the Officer's Quarters. Farther forward can be seen a pair of massive hydraulic cranes. Mooltan carried sixteen of these cargo-handling behemoths to facilitate faster loading and unloading of cargo. Servicing the lengthy Britain-Australia route, Mooltan boasted no fewer than seven cavernous cargo hatches and holds built to accomadate even frozen produce.

Detail showing the forward section of Mooltan's superstructure including her tall bridge 'island'. This structure housed the captain's bridge as well as the Officer's Quarters. Farther forward can be seen a pair of massive hydraulic cranes. Mooltan carried sixteen of these cargo-handling behemoths to facilitate faster loading and unloading of cargo. Servicing the lengthy Britain-Australia route, Mooltan boasted no fewer than seven cavernous cargo hatches and holds built to accomadate even frozen produce.

 
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