|Builder:||William Elias Evans|
|Out of service:||1845|
|Tons burthen:||153, or 154 (bm)|
|Length:||126 ft (38 m) (deck)|
|Beam:||20 ft (6.1 m)|
|Installed power:||50 hp (37 kW) steam engine|
On 12 June 1831 Sophia Jane towed Lady Harewood down the harbour as Lady Harewood set off for England. This was the first application in Australia of steam power to such a task. The reason for the tow was that weather conditions were miserable and squally.
However, at the same time there was a report that the ship's agent was under instructions to send her on to India unless she could be profitably sold in Australia. Sophia Jane advertised in the Sydney Herald on 13 June the first Australian steamship cruise to be held on 17 June .
In 1845 Sophia Jane grounded on a reef off Wollongong. She was gotten off, but later that year her owners, facing more extensive repairs, decided to lay her up. Her engine, however, was still operational and was installed in Phoenix.
- Register of Shipping (1833), Seq.№699.
- Lee, Robert (2003). "Linking a Nation: Australia's Transport and Communications 1788 - 1970". Australian Heritage Commission. Chapter 2: Ports and Shipping, 1788-1970.
- "The first Australian tugboats" (June–August 2012), Signals, Issue №99, pp.36-40.
- Andrews, Graeme (1982). A Pictorial History of Ferries: Sydney and Surrounding Waterways. Sydney: AH & AW Reed Pty Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 0589503863.
- Sydney Herald (13 June 1831), p.4, "Domestic Intelligence".
- MacAuslan, Duncan (July 2001). "Sources of Timetables for Sydney Ferries" (pdf). The Times. Australian Association of Time Table Collectors. 18 (7): 13. Retrieved 17 August 2006.