The TSS Merimbula was a twin screw steel steamship built by Ailsa Shipbuilding CompaNew york at Troon, Scotland in 1909. It was over 209 feet long and displaced 1111 tons. She was built for the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation CompaNew york (SCSNC ) following the loss of the SS Bega on 5 April 1908. The new ship was powered by two triple expansion coal powered steam engines built by Ailsa with two boilers built by Hudson and Sons of Glasgow. The ship was also rigged as a two masted schooner. The largest ship built for the SCSNC, the Merimbula was primarily a passenger vessel with some cargo capability. There was accommodation for 96 First Class passengers and 10 Second Class passengers.