Ian Steverson (Capt MN Ret’d): BHP & Other Merchant Navy Ships of WW1,2 and later

Posted on: Mon 2 Sep 2019

In the case of Australian Merchant Ships serving in WW2, one in every 8 of our Merchant Seafarers were lost, yet their service has largely gone forgotten.

Master Mariner CAPT Iain Steverson covers a diverse range of history and stories about the service of our Merchant Navy and its contribution to Australian military history, right up to and including the Australian Tankers running to the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s.

Interviewer Helen Meyer

Main photo:  Iain Steverson (Capt MN Ret’d) at the Small Ships Reunion 2019. Photo courtesy of Victor Pickel Photography and used with permission

RMS NIAGARA leaving Sydney for Vancouver Wikipedia commons


SS Iron Knight. This ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine off the Australian east coast on 8 February 1943. Only 14 members of her 50 man crew survived the sinking. Wikipedia commons

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