Monday, 24 August 2015

1966: The Lady Class Ferries are conceived

Sydney's Lady Class Ferries have been serving Sydney Harbour since 1968. Here is an article from The Daily Telegraph from 1966, when they announced tenders for the new ferries which were to serve on the North Shore routes. It did promise that the first ferry would be in operation by the following year. However it was not until 1968 that the Lady Cutler went into service. Five ferries would join her over the next decade: Lady Woodward, Lady McKell, Lady Wakehurst, Lady Northcott and Lady Herron.

Lady Class Ferries October 26 1966 daily telegraph 12

Source: Anonymous. (1966). "Airy, Spacious & Commodious". The Daily Telegraph, October 26, 12.

The Lady Northcott and Lady Wakehurst were modified (with higher bows) to operate on Manly Services when introduced in the mid 1970's.

The Lady Cutler no longer operates, but is based in Melbourne's Docklands along with Lady McKell. Lady Northcott and Lady Herron are the only two ladies from this era still in operation.

The Lady Cutler and Lady McKell at Melbourne's Docklands.