Lady Scott

Lady Scott

Type :
Wooden screw steamer
Launched  :
Builder :
Joseph Dent Ltd
Huskisson, NSW
Gross weight :
95 tons
Dimensions :
110.40 x 24.40 x 9.00 (feet)
Passenger capacity :
Speed :
11 knots/9 knots after 1937

Lady Scott was a near sister to Lady Denman and was constructed by the same builder. She is unique in that she is the only vessel of her class still operating on Sydney Harbour. She is also the oldest of the four remaining old ferries still in Sydney (the others being 1912's Kanangra, 1922's Baragoola and 1938's South Steyne).

She was unusual in that her single smoke stack was placed off-centre.

Lady Scott was one of the Lady ferries that survived the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She was converted to diesel operation in 1937and remained in service until February 16, 1969.

She was then withdrawn from service and laid up until 1972. November 6th of that year nearly saw an end to her, she caught fire and burned to the waterline. The hull was sold to John Cadman Cruises who completely rebuilt her. She re-emerged a completely different ship (and single ended as well) as the John Cadman I.

She was sold in 1992 to Harbour Cruises Pty Ltd. They renamed her to Harbour Queen and today she operates as a luxury cruise boat. She can be readily identified by her distinctive, original shaped bow.