Lady Carrington

Lady Carrington

Type :
Wooden screw steamer
Launched  :
Builder :
Morrison & Sinclair Ltd
Balmain, NSW
Gross weight :
146 tons
Dimensions :
130.00 x 24.20 x 10.00 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
Speed :
12 knots

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 well.

Lady Carrington did not survive the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, she was broken up in 1934.