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« on: October 24, 2012, 08:53:11 AM »
TIN Can Bay Coast Guard Commander Harley Moss said the couple onboard the converted fishing trawler made a distress call at 4.30am yesterday when a large ferry crashed into them.
He said their boat's anchor was stuck underneath the ferry, which broke free from its mooring in strong 60kmh winds overnight.Both vessels were drifting towards the entrance to Snapper Ck and it was "blowing a gale", causing the couple onboard the ex-trawler to panic fearing that they would be dragged into the shallows
Coast Guard's primary rescue vessel, Cooloola Rescue III went to their aid, but the skipper had managed to free the anchor.
The ex-Sydney Harbour ferry had been drifting up and down the bay and was believed to have smashed into a yacht before running aground on a sandbank at Norman Pt.
Cr Moss said Coast Guard had been concerned because the huge ferry had lodged on rocky shoals which risked puncturing the fuel tank.
He said the ferry had engine power and the owners had to wait until high tide to attempt to move it from the bank. As the tide went down yesterday morning it was sitting firmly on the ground.
Police had phoned the owner to ask them to anchor the vessel in a safe place.
By 3pm they had complied. As the tide rose towards its peak, the owners freed Lady Woodward and took it back up the bay to where she was originally and anchored her again.
Tin Can Bay locals said the ferry was brought to Tin Can Bay with the idea to convert it into a backpacker charter boat
They claimed she has slipped moorings about five times, but this is believed to be the first time it collided with other vessels.
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« on: August 06, 2012, 12:22:52 PM »
AUTHORITIES are investigating whether a humpback calf was hit by a Manly ferry this morning.
A spokesman for the Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) said they received a report about an injured humpback this morning.
``The person who called us said the whale had been hit by a ferry,'' the spokesman said.
ORRCA volunteer Shona Lorigan said initial inspections of the calf showed that it had ``superficial'' injuries that appeared to be from a boat strike.
The calf is ``swimming freely'', she said, but volunteers will continue to monitor it.
Ms Loriogan said it was an ``awful'' scenario that ``everyone has been trying to avoid''.
``An investigation is underway,'' she said.
The Harbour City Ferries' Collaroy ferry was taken out of service.
A spokesman for the company, which took over the Sydney Ferry fleet last on July 28, confirmed that a propeller was damaged after the 8.40am vessel from Circular Quay to Manly hit an ``unknown object''
``As to what that object was, we don't know, as simple as that,'' he said.
The ferry was taken to Balmain for investigation.
The 9.20am service from Manly to Circular Quay was cancelled but no other services were affected, the spokesman said.
Waldemar was built in 1881 as a wooden steam paddle steamer by H Perdriau at Balmain. GRT 110, Lbd: 108.4' x 16.2' x 7.2'.
Sold in 1882 to Balmain S F Co.
Sold 1889 to J Wallace. Converted to single-ended wooden screw steamer 1903.
Sold 1903 to J Williams in Tasmania. Sold 1906 Blue Funnel S S Co.,, then again in 1908 to L A McKay & Partners.
Sold 1913 to W F Casey.
Sold 1923 to Huon Channel & Peninsula S S Co.
Converted to wooden motor vessel in 1924. Destroyed by fire at Gordon in 1933, and then broken up at Hobart.
Source of info Compendium of Australasian Merchant Ships by the late Bob Tompkins (NAA)