Kaludah







Kameruka


Type :
Wooden screw steamer
Launched  :
1913
Builder :
Morrison & Sinclair Ltd
Balmain, NSW
Gross weight :
144 tons
Dimensions :
112.00 x 25.80 x 10.20 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
596/640after 1945
Speed :
12 knots/11 knots after 1955

Kameruka was the sister of Kamiri . Like Kamiri, she too caught fire and required a substantial rebuild.

Kameruka was one of the few vessels that survived  the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Unlike some of her larger sisters she was able to continue in service after the reorganisation of the fleet.

She was one of the fleet that was re-engined (diesel) in 1955 - this gave her a further lease on life and she remained in service until 1984 when the sinking at Circular Quay of the Karrabee sounded the death knell for the old wooden ferries.

Kameruka was laid up at Pyrmont along with Karrabee and was given to the company that bought the latter ferry. Karrabee went on to Gosford for re-use as a floating restaurant, unfortunately Kameruka sank at her moorings and was broken up by grab dredge.


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