|Thomas Wingate and Company
|171.40 x 22.20 x 10.15 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
Fairlight was the first Manly ferry to introduce luxury to the
travelling public. She offered cushioned seats, closed in salons and
Fairlight came to Australia under her own steam to join the Brightside
in providing a two boat service for the Port Jackson Steamboat Company.
Unlike the trip five years later by the Brighton, hers was mostly
uneventful. Although she hit rough seas in the Indian Ocean she
incurred no damage and her master was full of praise for her
sea-worthiness. For the voyage to Australia she was sail-rigged.
During her thirty years of service on the harbour she led a mostly
quiet life. Her only accident happened just before Christmas in 1882
when she ran down a sailing boat carrying three people near Middle
Head. One of the occupants, a young boy, received a fractured skull and
later died. The fault was found to be with the Fairlight, there
were insufficient crew on board to keep a proper lookout.
Fairlight's bridge was centred next to the funnel and it was normal
practice to have a lookout posted fore and aft. On the day of
the accident the Master had notified the company that his crew was
short, as a result the sentry was not posted.
Fairlight was sold to Brisbane in 1912 and her new owners converted the
hull of the ship into two lighters two years later.
Her wreck is a Tangalooma near Moreton Island.