Lady Northcote

Lady Northcote

Type :
Wooden screw steamer
Launched  :
Builder :
Morrison & Sinclair Ltd
Balmain, NSW
Gross weight :
128 tons
Dimensions :
115.80 x 24.00 x 10.20 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
Speed :
10 knots

Lady Northcote was the oddest looking of the lady class ferries. Her twin funnels were placed to the extreme ends of the vessel, behind each wheelhouse.

Lady Northcote was a single screw vessel and she was chosen as an experiment to convert her to diesel in 1936 (other double screw Ladies had already been converted in 1933). After the opening of the bridge in 1932, Sydney Ferries Ltd rationalised their fleet dramatically. As part of this rationalisation, they converted many of the older ferries from coal burning to cheaper diesel engines.

Lady Northcote does not appear to have been a success after conversion. By 1941 was she was sold and hulked. Her hull was scuttled at Pittwater in 1945.

Lady Nortcote was the first double ended Sydney ferry built with a single propellor.