Maritime Survey Australia completed a condition assessment and docking calculations on the retired Sydney Ferry MV Lady Denman (formerly SS Lady Denman).
The Lady Denman is a 33.6m long double ended wooden ferry. Significantly, she is one of the longest running Sydney Harbour Ferries, which carried tens of millions of passengers over 67 years, representing the era of wooden ferries. The main deck originally featured men’s and woman’s saloons and was fitted with lavatories & wooden batten seats.
How times have changed!
This vessel carried up to 500 passengers and areas on the vessel were dedicated to different passengers before the 1950s.
Upper Saloon – Men of substance and importance.
Lower Deck – Men’s Saloon – usually office workers
Women’s Saloon – Men were not welcome and smoking not permitted
Engine Room Areas – School kids and casual travellers.
Lady Denman is now a static display in a purpose-built building at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. The Museum contacted MSA to conduct the inspection to ensure that she is sitting safely and that the preserved ferry is safe for people to visit. She is a heritage-listed ship, formerly operated as a ferry by Sydney Ferries Limited on Sydney Harbour from 1912 until 1979. She has been preserved at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson, NSW and was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register in 2001.
There were wheelhouses at either end of the ship.
Originally a steam ship, she was converted to have a 1962 Crossley diesel engine driving a single “push-pull” screw.
The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum are doing a great job of looking after her, for more information please visit the Lady Denman Ferry page on the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum website.
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