Ships’ Tanks – the first shipping containers

Travel any distance in the bush and you will come across one of more of these cube-shaped, rivetted iron water tanks.

However, they are not a purpose built water tank but were originally ships’ tank used for transport of many varied items – the precursor to today’s ubiquitous shipping container.

Early settlers immediately saw the advantages of their size and sturdy construction, repurposing them as water tanks.

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