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On November 11, 2007 the ashes of the last captain of the  last blue metal ship to load out of Kiama, Captain Allen Norton-Smith, were scattered at sea by his family on what woulfd have been his 86th birthday. He was the last captain of  the MV Dunmore which finished blue metal service in 1962. The date is a little unclear as Blue Metal Industires (BMI) record that they cancelled their contract with Lancey Steamships in 1957 ( p, 104 History of Boral ) and in the Kiama Independent of September 4, 1957 it is mentioned that the Dunmore broke its cables ( ‘like cotton’) in a big storm while trying to load and Captain Smith had to stand off from the harbour.

It is important to make the difference  between the SS Dunmore, (built by Rock Davis in Brisbane Waters in 1891 and had up to six ship to ship collisions, and three beachings) and the MV Dunmore, a former  oil ship built especially for the Normandy landings of D-Day and later bought by Shell for a  dollar. The MV Dunmore was owned by Tom Lancey and was the last of the stone fleet to come to Kiama.

The Illawarra Mercury did a nice story on this on page 5 of November the 12, 2007 and I gather the editor of the Kiama Independent, Mark Brandis,  went out on the charter boat, with the family when they scattered the ashes. Hopefully I will be able to scan a copy of this in, and the Smith family have said they will send a copy of his memoirs to the cottage.

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