COMMONWEALTH MARINE ENGINE WORKS
LOCATED AT PORT MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII
In 1940, as part of wartime considerations, the Australian Shipbuilding Board, responsible for the building and repair of merchant ships, as well as for the supply of engines, boilers and equipment, established the Commonwealth Marine Engine Works, to build two marine engine annexes – one in Brisbane, and the other in Melbourne which was established in 1943.
It was also known as the Commonwealth Government Engine Works (CGEW). Ian Johnson, who served his apprenticeship at the engine works after the war, told me that the Port Melbourne CGEW built reciprocating engines up to 3730 kW for use in "River", "B", and "D" class ships.
There was a slack period where winches etc were built. The Doxford engines were then built there from about 1949, and the Napier Deltics of the Bass Trader were serviced there. They later built a range of Sulzer engines from about 1961 before the Engine Works was finally shut down.
Doxford engine built at Port Melbourne
Main Doxford Marine Engine but at
Commonwealth Marine Engine Works
A ship engine being constructed at Port Melbourne
Part of a ship engine being constructed at Port Melbourne
Commonwealth Marine Engine Works, Rocklea
"My time at Engine Works"
by Glen Stuart
I'd like to thank Ian Johnson for his assistance with this home page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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This page first produced 28 January 2017
This page last updated 04 March 2020