VH-ABB Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Thirty-one elegant "C" Class 'boats were built, of which
eight were eventually registered to
QANTAS. They were: This website contains illustrations of
four of them. Some are from
Bros & Harland Ltd, others from the CAHS collection. The
All the "C"
Class 'boats had names beginning with that letter, and the QANTAS
machines had, naturally
enough, monikers with an Australian
used, more or less interchangeably, with the Imperial Airways'
fleet. QANTAS crews manned
from Sydney to Singapore, whereupon the aircraft were flown on to the
U.K, by Imperial Airways'
Shortly after the outbreak of war this schedule was changed and QANTAS
personnel carried the
aircraft through to
The above shot of "Coolangatta" is from the Sam Hood
collection (via the State Library of New South
the lower shot, from the Geoff Goodall collection, shows the 'boat at
anchor on the Brisbane
River. It was impressed into RAAF service during WW II as
A18-13. Restored to civilian status is 1943,
it crashed at Rose
Bay, Sydney Harbour on 11 October 1944.