|Wooden screw steamer
|Gross weight :
|98.30 x 24.60 x 6.70 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
In the early 1890's competition in the Balmain area saw a new company,
the Balmain New Ferry Company, enter the market in competition against
the established Balmain Steam Ferry Company.
The new company immediately placed an order for two new ships that were
to be the fore-runners of the vessels that would dominate the harbour
in the first few decades of the twentieth century. The Lady Mary and
Lady Napier were both innovative vessels that featured many of the
characteristics that would come to be associated with the classic image
of a Sydney ferry. Their design was based on work done by the naval
architect Sir Walter Reeks.
Lady Napier did not survive long past the opening of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge in 1932. At forty years old these vessels were already
past their prime and of little further use, especially when younger
ships were available to continue in operation. Along with the Lady Mary
she was sold in 1934. She was broken up shortly after.