George Bernard Bates was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 31 May 1878.

He obtained his mate’s certificate in…and his master’s certificate in… He joined Huddart Parker in…and was…on…

He briefly took command of the Wimmera during August 1913 in her Sydney to Hobart trade??

He was in command of the Wimmera on several brief occasions usually relieving the usual master when they took leave. The periods he captained the vessel included from 11 August 1913 to 1 September 1913 [on the Sydney-Hobart run] as well as during …1915 and…1916.

Captain Bates, senior master of the Huddart Parker Line, and recently in command of the Wanganella, retired after 36 years’ service in December 1938.


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