Photograph of mv Bingera Australia

mv Bingera
mv Bingera

Custodian: University of Glasgow Archive Services

Reference: DC101/0952

Bingera was built by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, in 1935 for the Australasian Steam Navigation Company for the Queensland coastal trade.

On 5 February, the ship was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Bingera, an auxiliary anti-submarine vessel to patrol the east coast of Australia. She was present during the Japanese midget-submarine raid on Sydney Harbour on 30 May–1 June 1942, rescued 12 men on a raft from the steamer Iron Chieftain on 4 June 1942, which had been sunk by Japanese submarine I-24, 27 miles east of Sydney the previous day. In August 1946 she was decommissioned and returned to her owners.

Bingera was subsequently sold and renamed several times: in February 1948 to Imperial Chemicals Industries of Australia and New Zealand and renamed Taranui; in 1963 to the South Pacific Company, Suva; in 1971 to Cia de Naviera Louise SA of Panama and renamed Locolina; in 1978 to Straits Chartering & Agencies Ltd and renamed Kah Wah and then Pattana. She was deleted from Lloyd's registry in 1988.

The photograph is part of a collection of ship portraits dating from the 1880s taken by James Adamson, a photographer from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. His collection is one of the most comprehensive of sailing and steam ship photographs of the period. Most of the pictures were taken just after the ships were completed.