Kanangra







Kanangra


Type :
Steel screw steamer
Launched  :
1912
Builder :
Mort's Dock & Engineering Co. Ltd
Balmain, NSW
Gross weight :
295 tons
Dimensions :
149.20 x 31.70 x 10.90 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
945
Speed :
13 knots/11 knots after 1959

Kanangra was an identical sister ship to Kirawa. Unlike her sister, she survived to be converted to diesel in 1959 (the last of the inner harbour ferries to be converted).

Kanangra was the last of the larger traditional inner harbour ferries. She was mainly used on the more heavily patronised runs such as Cockatoo Island. Late in her career she could be found running to Mosman and Taronga Zoo.

She was withdrawn from service in 1985 along with the other remnants of the harbour fleet after the sinking of the Karrabee. She was donated to the Sydney Heritage Fleet. She was the last traditional inner harbour ferry operating and today is the last of these types of vessel remaining on the harbour in substantially original form.

Kanangra spent some time at Darling Harbour (in the berth now occupied by the South Steyne) before being moved to Rozelle Bay for a long, drawn out restoration. More than 20 years after being retired she has still not been fully restored  though work continues.


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