|Wooden steam ship
|Gross weight :
|139.50 x 23.30 x 9.00 (feet)
|Passenger capacity :
Vaucluse was one of the fleet of fast ferries that serviced the
Watson's Bay run prior to their being taken over by Sydney Ferries Ltd
in 1917. She was the fastest inner harbour ferry, a feat not equalled
until the arrival of the RiverCats 87 years after she was built.
An anecdote tells of a regular race that was held by the Vaucluse and
the Manly steamer Burra Bra. These two vessels used to race each up up
and down the harbour,. Though older, Vaucluse always beat the bigger
Manly ferry. On the first time they raced, Vaucluse hoisted a broom on
the fore and aft steering poles to commemorate her win. The master of
the Burra Bra refused to ever concede defeat and the contest went on
for many years.
In 1931, prior to the Sydney Harbour Bridge being opened, Sydney
Ferries Ltd began to rationalise their fleet. As part of this, Vaucluse
was sold to Newcastle to operate as a ferry for the dockyards in that
Her final fate is uncertain.