List of Sydney Ferries vessels

Sydney Ferries is a brand name for a commuter ferry service operated by Harbour City Ferries across Sydney Harbour, Australia using seven distinguishable ferry classes. Currently, Sydney Ferries operates 32 vessels, with the oldest continually operating ships dating to the mid-1980s, and the youngest of the fleet dating to 2017. Thirteen of the ships in the high-speed, low-capacity RiverCat, SuperCat, and HarbourCat classes are named after figures in Australian sporting and public life (except for one vessel named SuperCat 4, never given a specific name.) Thirteen in the mid-speed, high-capacity Freshwater class and low-speed, low-capacity First-fleet class are named after beaches in the Northern Beaches region, and ships of the First Fleet, respectively. A new Emerald class of six ships, most named after figures in Australian public life, was commissioned into service from 2017 onwards, with all six built and currently in service on Sydney Harbour. These ferries were named after submissions from the public apart from Bungaree and Pemulwuy. The name of the last, Ferry McFerryface caused controversy. Its commissioning was delayed, entering service late 2017 and renamed May Gibbs in January 2018.[1]

In 2017 it was announced that four new river ferries would be constructed and placed into service by 2019[2] In January 2019 these plans were shelved due to the lack of availability of suitable vessels from shipbuilders.[3]

Sydney Ferries fleet[4]
VesselClassServiceCapacitySpeedLengthDisplacementRoutesOrigin of name
CollaroyFreshwater1988115015 kn70.4 m1140 tManlyCollaroy Beach
FreshwaterFreshwater1982110015 kn70.4 m1150 tManlyFreshwater Beach
NarrabeenFreshwater1984110015 kn70.4 m1150 tManlyNarrabeen Beach
QueenscliffFreshwater1983115015 kn70.4 m1140 tManlyQueenscliff Beach
AlexanderFirst Fleet198539312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Alexander, part of the 1787 First Fleet
BorrowdaleFirst Fleet198539312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Borrowdale, part of the 1787 First Fleet
CharlotteFirst Fleet198539312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Charlotte, part of the 1787 First Fleet
FishburnFirst Fleet198540312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Fishburn, part of the 1787 First Fleet
FriendshipFirst Fleet198640312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Friendship, part of the 1787 First Fleet
Golden GroveFirst Fleet198640312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Golden Grove, part of the 1787 First Fleet
ScarboroughFirst Fleet198640312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

Scarborough, part of the 1787 First Fleet
SiriusFirst Fleet198439312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

HMS Sirius, flagship of the 1787 First Fleet
SupplyFirst Fleet198439312 kn25.38 m105 tInner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island

Eastern Suburbs

HMS Supply, part of the 1787 First Fleet
Betty CuthbertRiverCat199223022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverBetty Cuthbert, athlete
Dawn FraserRiverCat199223022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverDawn Fraser, swimmer
Evonne GoolagongRiverCat199323022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverEvonne Goolagong, tennis player
Marlene MathewsRiverCat199323022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverMarlene Mathews, athlete
Marjorie JacksonRiverCat199323022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverMarjorie Jackson, athlete
Nicole LivingstoneRiverCat199523022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverNicole Livingstone, swimmer
Shane GouldRiverCat199323022 kn36.8 m41 tParramatta RiverShane Gould, swimmer
Anne SargeantHarbourCat199815022 kn29.6 m35 tInner Harbour, ParramattaAnne Sargeant, netballer
Pam BurridgeHarbourCat199815022 kn29.6 m35 tInner Harbour, ParramattaPam Burridge, surfer
Louise SauvageSuperCat200125026 kn37.76 m49 tEastern SuburbsLouise Sauvage, paralympian
Saint Mary MacKillopSuperCat200025026 kn37.76 m49 tEastern SuburbsSaint Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint, canonised in 2010
SuperCat4SuperCat200125026 kn37.76 m49 tEastern SuburbsFourth SuperCat Ferry
Susie O’NeillSuperCat200025026 kn37.76 m49 tEastern SuburbsSusie O’Neill, swimmer
Catherine Hamlin [5]Emerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 t Eastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourCatherine Hamlin, obstetrician and gynaecologist
Fred HollowsEmerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 t Eastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourFred Hollows, ophthalmologist[6]
Victor ChangEmerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 t Eastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourVictor Chang, cardiac surgeon[7]
PemulwuyEmerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 tEastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourPemulwuy, Aboriginal political leader and elder [8]
BungareeEmerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 tEastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourBungaree, Aboriginal explorer and leader
May Gibbs [9]Emerald201740026 kn36.38 m40 tEastern Suburbs, Inner HarbourMay Gibbs[1]

Past Fleet

Vessel Class Comm.
Lady Cutler Lady Class 10 August 1968
Lady Woodward Lady Class 19 October 1970
Lady McKel Lady Class 19 October 1970
Lady Wakehurst Lady Class 1974
Lady Northcott Lady Class 30 January 1975
Lady Street Lady Class 8 May 1979
Lady Herron Lady Class 23 August 1979
Blue Fin Jetcat 16 July 1990
Sir David Martin Jetcat 21 December 1990
Sea Eagle Jetcat 19 March 1991

References

  1. Ferry McFerryface wasn't public pick for new ferry name until Andrew Constance's captain's pick Daily Telegraph 30 January 2018
  2. "New ferries to cater for population boom along Parramatta River". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 October 2017.
  3. Purchase of new ferries for Sydney's busy Parramatta River shelved Sydney Morning Herald 2 January 2019
  4. Sydney Ferries Fleet Facts Archived 12 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 15 April 2014
  5. "Catherine Hamlin in Hobart – 35m Passenger Catamaran". Incat. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  6. Incat ferries bound for Denmark & Sydney Harbour The Mercury 21 April 2017
  7. Victor Chang Marine Traffic
  8. NSW, Transport for (30 August 2017). "Pemulwuy arrives in Sydney Harbour". www.transport.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. Raper, Asleigh (31 January 2018). "Ferry McFerryface gets renamed to May Gibbs". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 8 November 2018.
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