|Wooden screw steamer
|David Drake Ltd
|Gross weight :
|116.50 x 28.50 x 9.75 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
|10 knots/11 knots after 1959
Kosciusko was a near sister to Kanimbla but managed to out-last the
ship by 30 years.
Kosciusko always had a slightly lopsided look which made her easily
identifiable from a distance amongst other similar ferries.
Kosciusko had a major tangle early in her life that nearly ended her
career. A steel fuel barge under tow managed to ram her and caused
heavy damage. She was kept afloat only because the barge could not be
easily removed and was tightly sealing the hole in her hull.
On the 5th of January 1975, the Lake Illawarra smashed into Hobart's
Tasman Bridge severing the link between the north and south shore of
that city. Ferries were needed urgently. The new Lady Wakehurst went
first from Sydney, followed by Kosciusko & Lady Ferguson. Kosciusko
was sold to the city and never returned to Sydney.
After the bridge was repaired, she was sold to be used as a floating
restaurant. Unfortunately, during renovations she caught fire and burnt
out (in 1982). One of her bridges today is preserved in one of Hobart's