A very nice old NAPKIN RING from the MV MANUNDA.....The Manunda was launched in 1929 for the ADELAIDE STEAMSHIP COMPANY. She is best known as a HOSPITAL SHIP in World War Two from 1939-42....she was sold to Japan in 1965 and later broken up for wrecking. The Napkin or Serviette Ring is 2 1/2" long and 1 1/4" wide. It is electroplate on brass and in NEAR PERFECT CONDITION. The Adelaide SS Co. was formed in 1875 at the time of the Victorian and New South Wales gold rushes to operate Australian coastal passenger and cargo services. The company expanded rapidly and in 1915 took over the Coast Steamship Co. By the second world war, the company owned 30 ships and after the war, the company diversified into towage, shipbuilding, salt, coal, sugar industries etc. In 1958 the company purchased a large share in Bulkships Ltd and by 1968 owned 50% with McIlwraith McEacharn Ltd owning the other half. In 1964 the two companies merged to form Associated Steamships Ltd. Thomas Nationwide Transport was accepted as a one third partner in 1970 in exchange for their holding in R. W. Miller & Co., tanker owners and Adelaide SS Co. still holds a quarter interest in Bulkships Ltd.
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