|Steel motor vessel
|New South Wales State Dockyard
|Gross weight :
|38.70 x 8.84 (metres)
|Passenger capacity :
|573 as built, 554 after 2002
Lady Herron was the last of the Lady class vessels to be built, she is
an identical sister to Lady Street, also launched in the same year (but
now withdrawn from service and scrapped). Her launch date was the 23rd
of August, 1979. Built by the State Dockyard at Carrington Slipway in
Newcastle, Lady Herron was delivered in 1979. The vessel is constructed
of steel and is 38.71 metres in length, has total breadth of 9.38
metres and draught of 2.06 metres. Lady Herron has a displacement of
287 tonnes and can carry up to 552 passengers. The normal crew of three
includes the master, engineer and one general purpose hand. The normal
operating speed is 11 knots. These vessels were designed to operate at
dead end wharves where turning the vessel is not possible.
Lady Herron is equipped with a single 403 kW 4-stroke main engine which
drives the fixed pitch propellers at each end of the hull. The main
engine drives a clutch/reduction gearbox arrangement at each end of its
crankshaft. Each gearbox is coupled to a propeller shaft which drives
one of the two fixed-pitch propellers. The propellers are
unidirectional, ie. they turn only one way, and the clutches are
interlocked so that only one propeller may be operated at any time.
She is mainly confined to the Mosman - Circular Quay - Taronga Zoo run
and along with the Lady Nortcott she operates the three Sydney Ferries'
harbour cruises as far as Middle Harbour.
In 2002 the three remaining Lady ferries were withdrawn from service
for a refit. The refit cost $10 million dollars and saw only Lady
Herron and Lady Northcott returned to passenger carrying duties. The
decision was made to retire Lady Street. The refitted Lady Herron and
the Lady Northcott will be fit to run until 2018.
Lady Herron is no stranger to accidents. On the 23rd of July 2003 she
ran aground on Shark Island during one of her harbour cruises.
Fortunately damage was light. In February of the following year she was
not so lucky when she continued the long standing tradition of running
into wharves. While under the command of a recertifying master she took
a swipe at Circular Quay No. 5 Wharf and did considerable damage
to both the wharf and herself. Damage to the wharf was estimated at
$98,000 whilst damage to the ferry ran to $80,000 and required her to
be withdrawn from service for repairs.