Ferry to Tasmania: A Short History

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Rosenberg Publishing Pty, Limited, 2004 - History - 200 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
7
Acknowledgments
8
Early Days
9
Two Tasmanian Shipping Companies
14
Bitter Rivalry
20
Consolidation
30
Loongana
34
Hobart Services
46
Princess of Tasmania
100
Empress of Australia
108
Australian Trader
118
All Change
123
Abel Tasman
134
SeaCat Tasmania
142
Spirit of Tasmania
148
The Devil Cats
158

Nairana
53
Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd
57
Riverina and Zealandia
71
Taroona
82
World War 2 and the PostWar Years
90
Two New Spirits
173
Reviving the Sydney Service
184
Bibliography
198
Index
199
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About the author (2004)

Peter Plowman is a noted maritime researcher and writer, having had five books published in Australian over the past twenty years. He has been a member of the World Ship Society for over forty years. From 1978 to 1993 he was the editor of the magazine, Australian Sea Heritage, published by the Sydney Maritime Museum.

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