|Wooden screw steamer
|1938 (rebuilt from vehicular
|Sydney Ferries Ltd
|Gross weight :
|187.00 x 35.65 x 14.58 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
For Kalang's earlier history, see this entry
After the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932, Sydney Ferries Ltd was
left with a fleet of now useless vehicular ferries. Three of these were
less than 10 years old - Kalang, Koondooloo & Kooroongaba.
All three vessels went into service as high capacity cargo carrying
vessels, although Kooroongaba was sold almost immediately for use in
Newcastle as a car ferry.
Kalang & Koondooloo were kept and eventually laid up - the bridge
also destroyed the need for cargo vessels on the harbour.
In 1937 with the Great Depression nearly over and more
Sydney-siders discovering that their harbour was a great recreational
destination, Koondooloo was converted into the first purpose built
showboat. She was an instant success and the following year Kalang was
converted into an even bigger showboat.
Kalang remained in her new role until 1942 when she was taken over by
the government for use in New Guinea as a stores & repair vessel.
She was returned to her owners in 1946 and the following year
re-emerged as a showboat once again. This time she remained in service
In that year she was sold to the Harbour Lighterage & Tug company.
Two years later, in 1960, she was renamed to the Sydney Queen. The
group of businessmen who bought her converted her from coal to oil
fired and painted her white. The effect was to make her appear larger
than she really was.
Instead of the bands and big name performers that had been her staple
fare under her previous owners, she was reduced to operating cheap
dance cruises. In an effort to keep her going there were even regular
strip shows. By 1963 she was laid up again.
For the next few years her owners attempted a variety of plans, none of
which succeeded. These plans included anchoring her at Milsons Point as
a floating restaurant, turning her into a hotel & operating her
outside the Heads as a floating casino.
She was sold to Phillipine interests in 1972 and was part of the
disastrous tow that saw her beached and abandoned at South West Rocks
on 11th of January, 1972.