Type :
Iron paddlewheel steamer
Launched  :
Builder :
Richard Johnson
Sydney, NSW
Gross :
86 tons
Dimensions :
74.70 x 12.80 x 5.70 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
Speed :

Herald was one of the early locally built iron paddlewheel steamers. She operated over most of the harbour, picking up business wherever it was available. As was normal at this time she operated as a tug, ferry, excursion boat and cargo vessel.

Herald was initially used on the fledgling North Shore route between Dawes Point and Blues Point. however, there was not enough traffic to make her financially viable so she would often detour en-route to perform tug duties - passengers were required to wait.

By 1873 Herald was working to Mosman Bay and Neutral Bay in a somewhat irregular weekday timetable.

In the late 1870s and early 1880s she ran as an excursion boat to Manly and like many others, a tug.

She blew up while waiting for a sailing ship outside the Heads on April 1st, 1884.