Topic: AIF - Cars
1st AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED CAR SECTION, AIF
Steam Tug at the Dead Sea
Twin Screw Steel Steamer at Rujm el Bahr, Dead Sea
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The manuscript submitted by Captain E.H. James called "The Motor Patrol" lodged in the AWM as AWM 224 MSS 209, Chapter 6: THE DEAD SEA.
The following details were given regarding the capture of a steam tug at the Dead Sea.
Amongst the stuff left behind at the Dead Sea Post when captured, were all the parts of a large steam tug which had been taken to pieces at Haifa and transported overland in sections by the Germans and Turks. It must have taken a large amount of labour and time to do this as every piece had to be brought by road over the steep hills for something like 100 miles. All the parts were there except the engines and these could not be found. These had either not been brought or had been sunk in the water. Divers were sent down to search but no trace could be discovered. The British authorities decided to assemble the boat as all the parts were so conveniently left for them, and internal combustion engines from some of the Tractors were to be installed. Some shipwrights were brought down and the frames and plates of the boat were all riveted up. When we left the Jordan Valley some months afterwards the hull seemed to be all ready for launching but we never heard whether this had ever been done.
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