I had the pleasure of cruising on the South Steyne on Newcastle Harbour in the 1990s. If the Baragoola can be restored and enough money can be found to restore her, I'd like to see her returned, externally, to the orginal B class appearance. She would look great with the tall B Class steamer funnel. But returning her to steam is an impossibility, alas.
I can't believe the sense behind the design of the First Fleet cats. Single ended ferries all turning around in the confines of Sydney Cove to proceed to their various destinations. The First Fleeters and the River Cats clutter the cove as they back out of berths and turn around. Were the double ended Lady Class too expensive to keep in service? Mark
G'day Greg, Both these ferries remains are or were fairly recently still extant and visible. The Kurig-gai in Newcastle and the Brighton at Port Stephens. Kuring-gai's remains were still recognisable as a double ended Sydney Ferry when I last saw them around ten or twelve years ago, but thats a while ago now I suppose. I have not seen the Brighton's remains. Below are part of the write ups which appear on this website.
The Kurig-gai is still visible. I saw it last week from the Hexham Bridge. Regards Mark Cheers Ric.
Kurring-gai During World War II, the US navy purchased her as a hulk & had her towed to New Guinea for use as a store ship, similar to the role Binngarra had also played. At the end of the war, she was towed back & moored at Hexham (on the Hunter River) in 1945, where she eventually sank. Her remains can still be seen there today.
Brighton By the end of her life Brighton was much run down - her silver & metal fiitings were tarnished and her seating was described as "decrepit and dirty".
With the arrival of the B class ferries, the days of the paddlewheelers were to come to an end. Brighton was sold to Burns Philp in 1916 & was taken to Port Stephens & hulked. Stripped of her finery, she was used for many years as a store ship until she was abandoned. She remained mostly intact until 1973 when scrap metal merchants stripped much of her steel. Today, her wreck can still be seen in The Duckhole at Port Stephens & her remains are covered by a preservation order.