Kuring-gai
Kuring-gai

Type :
Steel screw steamer
Launched  :
1901
Builder :
Mort's Dockyard
Balmain, NSW
Gross weight :
497 tons
Dimensions :
52.00 x 9.00 (metres)
Passenger capacity :
1228
Speed :
15.66 knots

Five years after the Manly was launched, a new, similar ship slid into the harbour to begin her career from the yards of Mort's. She was the first steel hulled double-ended 'traditional' Manly Ferry, although her bridges were placed to either side of the funnel, rather than fore & aft as was done in the 'B' class ferries. For the first time, a Manly ferry had gangway exits on both upper & lower decks & was fitted with twin lifeboats.

She gave PJCSC & PJ&MSC 27 years of service, only being retired with the arrival of the new fast twins Dee Why & Curl Curl.

In 1928 she was sold to Newcastle Ferries Limited where she carried passengers to Walsh Island Dockyard & did runs up & down the Hunter River to Raymond Terrace. As well, she ran excursion trips to Broughton Island & Port Stephens.

During World War II, the US navy purchased her as a hulk & had her towed to New Guinea for use as a store ship, similar to the role Binngarra had also played. At the end of the war, she was towed back & moored at Hexham (on the Hunter River) in 1945, where she eventually sank. Her remains can still be seen there today.

After her launch, Kuring-gai won instant acclaim for the quality of her passenger accomodation - polished timbers throughout, mirrors & electric lights. Kuring-gai set the standard & pattern of later vessels that was not altered much until the arrival of Dee Why, Curl Curl & South Steyne.

Kuring-gai had one accident, in 1905, when she overshot the wharf at Circular Quay & buried herself in a large hole that the Binngarra had carved out four days earlier. She was freed by the paddlewheeler, Brighton.

Kuring-gai is sometimes spelt as Kuringai or Kuring Gai. Neither of these spellings appear in the Port Jackson company's records.


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