Ferry to Tasmania: A Short History
The island state of Tasmania has been dependant on ferry services to the mainland almost from the time of first settlement. Over the past two centuries the size and number of the vessels employed on this vital trade has steadily increased. This book provides the first detailed account of the development of these services, from the very early days of paddle steamers right up to the introduction of Spirit of Tasmania III in January 2004. The story is told primarily through the ships, but there are also numerous personal reminiscences and experiences recounted, that bring the tale to life. Many of the ships became famous during their time operating to Tasmania, and are fondly remembered today. Among these names are such as Loongana, Nairana, Taroona, Prince of Tasmania and Empress of Australia, while the more recent vessels include Abel Tasman, Spirit of Tasmania and the Devil Cats, with their bright colours.
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Two Tasmanian Shipping Companies
Princess of Tasmania
Empress of Australia
Spirit of Tasmania
The Devil Cats
Abel Tasman accommodation April Australian National Line Australian Trader Author's collection Bass Strait trade Bell Bay berth built Burnie Burnie and Devonport cabins Captain cargo carried cars charter Coogee crew cruise December departed Devonport departed Melbourne departed Sydney Devil Cat Empress of Australia engine entered service ferry service Friday George Town gross tons Harbour Huddart Parker hull Incat Island January July Launceston left Melbourne Lindsay Rex liner Loongana lounge Maheno mainland Maritime Museum Melbourne and Launceston Monday morning Nairana Newcastle November October Oonah passengers Pateena Peter Plowman photo Port Phillip Bay Princess of Tasmania replaced return trip Riverina Rotomahana round trips route sailing Saturday schedule SeaCat Tasmania September service between Sydney Spirit of Tasmania Station Pier steamer Sunday Superfast Sydney and Hobart Tamar River Taroona Tasmanian Steam Navigation trips a week TT Line Tuesday Ulimaroa Union Line vehicle deck vessel voyage Wednesday Wharf Yarra Zealand Zealandia