|Ditchburn and Mare
|94.00 x 14.00 x 6.10 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
Emu was a close sister to Back Swan and Pelican. Like these vessels
(and many others at the time) she operated wherever she could get trade
- variously on the Manly and Parramatta River runs, as an excursion
boat and as a tug.
She was built in England and imported to Sydney as a set of frames.
Re-assembly was completed by John Struth upon her arrival.
Due to her very low draft she was extremely succesful on the service to
Parramatta - the river was shallow and other vessels with a deeper
draft had a hard time navigating the various shoals.
In 1866 Emu, along with her running mates Pelican and Black Swan, were
operating on both the Parramatta and Lane Cove River runs after being
sold to the Parramatta River Steamship Company.
She was later sold to to the Balmain Ferry Company and helped build the
Balmain routes up into a lucrative and profitable business.
wrecked in 1884.