|Wooden screw steamer
|NSW Government Dockyard
|Gross weight :
|182.60 x 36.10 x 11.70 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
Kuttabul and Koompartoo were the two largest inner harbour ferries.
Kuttabul had the highest passenger carrying capacity of any ferry on
Sydney Harbour, capable of carrying 500 more people than even the Manly
ferry South Steyne.
After the bridge opened, Kuttabul was then considered too big to be of
any further use as a ferry and operated as a concert boat. She remained
in this role until the Royal Australian Navy requisitioned her for use
as an accomodation ship in November of 1940.
31st of May 1942 saw war come to Sydney Harbour. A Japanese midget
submarine fired a torpedo at the USS Chicago tied up near to Kuttabul.
The torpedo missed and instead exploded under the ferry, rupturing her
hull plates and sinking her instantly. Nineteen naval men asleep on
board at the time were killed.
The Garden Island base is now named HMAS Kuttabul in commemoration of
the event. Her wheelhouse is now on display at the parade ground of the