Namoi had first-class cabins with the latest facilities.
Since 1892, the Indigenous people of Newcastle have come to be known as the Awabakal.
The first European to explore the area was Lieutenant John Shortland in September 1797.
These ships continued in service until recent times.
During World War II, Newcastle was an important industrial centre for the Australian war effort.
Because of the coal supply, small ships plied between Newcastle and Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, carrying coal to gas works and bunkers for shipping, and railways.