Types of Ships

60-milers - 
 a nickname for ships that carried cargo the sixty miles from Sydney to Newcastle. Later became a general name for coal carrying ships. 

ocean-going sailing ship with three or more masts

Butcher boats
boats that rowed out to deliver food (and much beef) to resupply ships in the Newcastle harbour, a dangerous task. These boats were 30ft long and carried 2 to 4 oarsmen. Due to their skill at rowing, they frequently won races. Butcher boats only lasted as long as sailing ships, with modern ships getting supplies by safer means. 

Collier - 
an old-fashioned name for a coal ship

a ship made to hold cargo at ports where there is no suitable wharf. Used in Morpeth as a warehouse for incoming ships. 

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