|Wooden screw steamer
|Morrison & Sinclair Ltd
|Gross weight :
|130.00 x 24.20 x 10.00 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
In the late 1800's two smaller ferry companies (Balmain Steam Ferry
Company and Balmain New Ferry Company) amalgamated to form the Balmain
New Ferry Company. The new company rapidly expanded into the inner
harbour to the west of the city. To cater for the increased market the
company introduced a range of new vessels that were innovative. The
ideas behind their ferries lasted well into the next century and
influenced the design of many latter-day vessels.
The class of vessels (mostly designed by renowned maritime architect
Walter Reeks) were the very succesful Lady boats. By the time Lady
Carrington came onto the scene, the class had well proved itself. Lady
Carrington was designed to be a coke burner and she was the fastest of
the fleet of small boats.
After Sydney Ferries Ltd took over the company in 1917, the Ladies were
used on their existing routes and expanded into the Lane Cover River as
Lady Carrington did not survive the opening of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge, she was broken up in 1934.