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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - January 13, 2013

  SYDNEY'S FERRIES

Beat the heat wave this school holiday – get on the harbour on a ferry!

• In 1789 the first ferry service was established between Sydney Cove and the farming settlement of Parramatta. The first ferry, the Rose Hill Packet was known as ‘The Lump’ was built by convicts and powered by sails, poles and oars. Round trips took a week to complete. ‘The Lump’ disappears from our history by 1800.

• The building of vessels longer than 14 ft (4.3 metres) was banned in 1791 due to East India Co monopoly on Asian trading and the risk of escaping convicts.

Sydney Harbour Ferries

Q
WHAT WAS REVOLUTIONARY ABOUT THE FERRIES COMMISSIONED IN 1868 FOR USE IN SYDNEY HARBOUR?
A
They were 'double ended'
Q
According to the ads, Manly was seven miles form Sydney and what else?
A
1000 miles from care
Q How do the nine 'first fleet' class ferries differ from all the other Sydney ferries?
A
not double ended and have two hulls

More History ...

• A series of rowboat ferrymen set up businesses to transport people from either side of Sydney Harbour. The most famous of these was 'Commodore' Billy Blue.

• In 1861, the North Shore Ferry Company was our first large commercial ferry service, although less than 1,000 people lived on the north shore.

• Sydney Ferries Limited became the world’s largest ferry operator in 1932.

• Unfortunately, the opening of the bridge saw ferry travel drop from 30 million passengers a year to 13 million passengers a year.

• With the operators facing financial ruin, the NSW Government intervened and agreed to take over Sydney Ferries Limited in 1951.

• Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Co introduced hydrofoils in 1965 & JetCats 1990's.

'The Bonny Port of Sydney' /'Sydneyside'
Henry Lawson

Sydney Cove

The lovely Port of Sydney Lies laughing to the sky,
The bonny Port of Sydney,Where the ships of nations lie.
You shall never see such beauty,Though you sail the wide world o’er,
As the sunny Port of Sydney, As we see it from the Shore.
The shades of night are falling On many ports of call,
But the harbour lights of Sydney Are the grandest of them all;
Such a city set in jewels Has ne’er been seen before
As the harbour lights of Sydney As we see them from the Shore.

Brighter shines the Star of Rovers on a world that’s growing wide,
But I think I’d give a kingdom for a glimpse of Sydney-Side.
Run of rocky shelves at sunrise, with their base on ocean’s bed;
Homes of Coogee, homes of Bondi, and the lighthouse on South Head.
For in loneliness and hardship—and with just a touch of pride—
Has my heart been taught to whisper, ‘You belong to Sydney-Side.’

Oh, there never dawned a morning, in the long and lonely days,
But I thought I saw the ferries streaming out across the bays—
And as fresh and fair in fancy did the picture rise again
As the sunrise flushed the city from Woollahra to Balmain:
And the sunny water frothing round the liners black and red,
And the coastal schooners working by the loom of Bradley’s Head;
And the whistles and the sirens that re-echo far and wide—
All the life and light and beauty that belong to Sydney-Side.

Round the sea-world shine the beacons of a thousand ports o’ call,
But the harbour-lights of Sydney are the grandest of them all!
I must sail for gloomy London, Where there are no harbour lights,
Where no sun is seen in winter, And there are no starry nights;
And the bonny port of Sydney — I may never see it more,
But I’ll always dream about it As we view it from North Shore.

 

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