« on: July 10, 2010, 01:15:58 PM »
I don't think the Dee Why and Curl Curl look half bad. Very stately looking. And not fat like the South Steyne.
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A friend of mine who worked at the State Dockyard did repair work to one of the boilers. Somehow someone had told the people who were restoring the ferry in Sydney that the shell of the boilers had to be tested. So they cut a hole in the water side of a boiler and sent the metal away for testing but this left a gaping hole, not very steam tight!! So my friend had to patch up the hole. I remember the Steyne coming to Newcastle in 1991 and remember doing a cruise on Newcastle harbour around 1993. I also remember the ferry going to Sydney just after we won the bid for the olympics. It was stated that the South Steyne was going to act as a information centre for the olympics and was to return to Newcastle after the olympic games were staged.
Just addding to the story of the Burra Bra, I believe that Port Jackson wanted to dispose of her during the Depression but couldn't sell her. She was brought back into regular service following the Bellubera fire. According to sources she was very unpopular in the winter due to her still open shelter deck. In her last years she was the spare boat and was decommissioned in 1940 and laid up awaiting disposal.
There are several hand coloured pictures of the Manly ferries in this forum that show the ferries with black hulls. They must have been coloured according to what was on the vessels of the day. Also, look at the very old black & white photos, the hull colouring is very dark compared to the slightly lighter shading post 1920s.
I thought as much. All the early black & white photographs show a very dark shade on the hull, which I take as black. There is a photograph of the Kuring Gai with a lighter a shade on her hull which I assume is green. But this then poses the question would Port Jackson bother in painting her as she was withdrawn the same year as the big twins were commissioned?
That photograph of Captain Bewley wasn't taken on the Lurgurena, its on the Kooroongaba. The Lurgurena had raised wheelhouses while the koorooongaba's were flush with the superstructure, as can be clearly seen in the photograph.
So much for private enterprise. The lobby groups in NSW say private enterprise can do a better job than Sydney Ferries in running the services but they should remember what Brambles did to the Manly ferries. Will history repeat itself if private enterprise gets its way?
Thanks Ric and Nicko,
That does clear up the issue. talking about Gunboat Boilers, I remember seeing the boiler of the ferry Lurgurena when I was a very young kid in 1970. I also remember being held by my father and peering through windows on the superstructure of both big ferries and watching the triple expansion engines working.
The engine woud revolve very slowly, pushing the ferry against the wharf while loading was taking place. After loading was complete the engine room telegraph would ring and the engine stopped only to restart seconds later at a much faster speed in the opposite direction.
I remember not being able to see the cylinder tops on the Koorongaba as they were hidden under the deck.
A very interesting article but I find the description of 'navy type boilers' to be a bit strange. The Royal Navy gave up the firetube boiler type in the 1890s in favour of the Belville water-tube boiler. So the water-tube became the standard "navy type boiler. I don't know if the author of the article was referring to the firetube 'Gunboat' boiler which was fitted to the vehicle ferries of this time. Looking at the dimensions of the boiler fitted in the Binngarra it is most definately a firetube boiler.