|Steel twin catamaran
|Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd
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Sirius was the second First Fleet vessel introduced. All nine vessels
are basically identical (only difference is length of upper outer
decks, some having longer decks, others being shorter). These vessels
all operate the inner harbour routes including as far as Drummoyne.
This class of ferry was named after the First Fleet that began the
settlement of Australia in 1788. There were eleven ships in the
original fleet - the 'missing' vessels are Prince of Wales and Lady
In general, the First Fleet ferries have been remarkably reliable and
tend to stay out of trouble. Not so the Sirius. On the 27th of March,
2007 at 1.08pm Sirius was approaching the wharf at Darling Harbour
Aquarium. As is normal for a docking manoeurve, the engines and
propellors were put in reverse. However, the controls failed to respond
and the ferry kept on going forward at a rate of 5 knots even though
the Master had performed an emergency shutdown on both engines. She
collided with the wharf and another vessel, the Ocean Dreaming.
She then continued on and struck the underside of the Pyrmont Bridge.
Sirius suffered bow & wheelhouse damage. The wharf, bridge and
other boat only managed to collect some of Sirius' paint.