|Wooden screw steamer
|Young, Son & Fletcher
|Gross weight :
|45.00 x 8.00 (metres)
|Passenger capacity :
The second ship to carry the name Manly was the first true double ended
ferry designed by the naval architect, Walter Reeks. She was the first
vessel to incorporate the distinctive turtle-back bows that would
distinguish later Manly ferries & the first to have a wheelhouse
both fore & aft (in this case, either side of the funnel). Unlike
her descendants, she was a wooden hulled vessel.
In another first, she was also the first Manly ferry to have an English
triple expansion steam engine that would be the design used both in
later Manly ferries & also in the harbour ferries.
From the beginning though, her size was against her as she could only
handle 820 passengers & her engines caused a large amount of
vibration. This was alleviated when the PJ&MSS Co took her over in
1907 & replaced her three bladed screws with four bladed ones.
On the night of Sunday, 30th June 1901 the Manly was caught in a gale
which suddenly swept along the eastern coast of New South Wales &
her 50 passengers were to have the ride of their lives. Just off South
Head, with heavy rollers breaking over her, the engines stopped &
would not start again. She was wallowing beam on to the waves. Letting
out the anchor did not help, she kept on drifting towards North Head.
Distress flares were sent up in the hope that the Brighton, travelling
in the opposite direction would spot them. Less than 200 metres from
the rocky shore, the anchor finally grabbed & jerked the ship to a
stop, however, the anchor chain was under stress & in danger of
breaking. Three quarters of an hour later, Brighton hove into view
greeted by cheers from those on the Manly. Brighton managed to get a
tow line onto Manly & led her into the quieter waters of North
Harbour where the Manly's engines restarted (the intake valves had been
clogged with seaweed). Brighton took her passengers on to Manly &
returned to find the Manly grounded in the soft sand. A line was run
from the Manly to the beach & the passengers were taken off four or
five at a time through the heavy surf of Manly Cove. All agreed that it
was the worst night any of them had ever spent.
Manly was eventually sold in 1924 for 8,000 pounds & broken up two
Manly still holds the record for the fastest crossing between Sydney
and Manly for a convential vessel - 22 minutes.