|Steel motor vessel
|New South Wales State Dockyard
|Gross weight :
|43.90x 10.34 (metres)
|Passenger capacity :
|820 (718 in Manly service)
Lady Wakehurst is a sister to Lady Northcott and is the most travelled
of the Ladies.
Along with her sister ship she was to become vital on the degraded
Manly run after the withdrawal of the South Steyne left only North Head
& Baragoola to fill that service; with Baragoola out for an
extended refit the two new, smaller inner harbour ferries were quickly
pressed into service to fill the hole. (It should be noted that Lady
Wakehurst had an ignomious start to her manly careeer, breaking down on
her first trip). However, disaster struck both the Manly run &
Hobart in 1975 when the Lake Illawarra struck the Derwent Bridge. Lady
Wakehurst along with several other Sydney ferries (including the aging
Kosciusko) were towed to Hobart to assist in the loads of people
needing an alternate way to cross the river. This left a gap in the
Manly service & was one of the final catalysts for the construction
of the Freshwater class of ferries.
After 18 months in Hobart she was towed back to Sydney, she had
suffered bow damage whilst there, interestingly it wasn't until 1990
that the damage was repaired. Her arrival back home was lucky as her
sister (Lady Nortcott) was out of action with hull damage.
Finally in 1982 with the new Manly boats in service she finally began
to ply the inner harbour routes for which she had been designed.
After being withdrawn from service she was sold to New Zealand - she
made the trip under her own power - and the return too. She was owned
by the same company that owns the Harbour Queen (ex Lady Scott) &
operates as a cruise/function vessel on the harbour.
Recently, she was sold to Quayside Charters who have indicated that she
will be soon sent for a refit.
As a footnote, in February 2006 three of the Freshwater ferries were
out of service, Lady Northcott was returned to the Manly run &
Sydney Ferries chartered Lady Wakehurst to operate as her running mate.
Ironically Lady Wakehurst had been originally withdrawn from the fleet
because she was supposedly too expensive to refit & there was no
need to maintain her as a spare Manly boat.
As of 19/05/2007 Lady Wakehurst is for sale via tender - details are at
site of the broker
. The Tender closes on the 25th of May.
Update 09/06/2007 - Lady Wakehurst remains still available for sale.