Sydney Heritage Fleet

A community based non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and operation of Australia's, and particularly Sydney's, maritime heritage. It is funded through donations, membership, charter charges and four art unions per year. The museums 1500 membership restore, operate and maintain the museums fleet of heritage vessels.

Address: 
Wharf 7, Pyrmont, NSW
Tel: 
0292983888
Hours: 
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Admission: 
Donation
Facilities: 
Research library, Guided tours, Brochures, Vessel charter, Harbour outings, Special tours through Australian National Maritime Museum - Museum's 'Big Ticket' Sunday to Friday
Collection: 
40,000 items (including 75 heritage boats and ships and including 25,000 photographs) and maritime artefacts.
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Items

Coastal steam ship

John Oxley

John Oxley
Creator:
Bow McLaughlin and Co., Scotland
Description:
Serviced Queensland coast with navigational bouys and relief pilot vessel for Moreton Bay ships.
Date:
1927

Constructed to riveted steel with teak decks. Saw 43 years of continuous work. John Oxley is the only coastal steamer of her kind in the world.

Double-ended inner harbour ferry

Kanangra

Kanangra
Creator:
Morts Docks, Sydney
Description:
Built as a coal burner in 1912, converted to steam in 1959. Worked inner harbour on the Mosman run.
Date:
1912

Constructed of riveted steel with wooden decks and superstructure. Carried over 1000 passengers on two decks. The only remaining example of the first generation of double ended screw ferries.

1902 VIP Steam launch

Lady Hopetoun

Lady Hopetoun
Creator:
Watty Ford, Berrys Bay, Sydney
Description:
VIP steam launch. With her low profile, raked lines and graceful counter stern, Lady Hopetoun is a classic example of Edwardian grace and style.
Date:
1902

Named after the wife of the first Governor-General of Australia, the Lady Hopetoun was built in Berry's Bay in 1902. For many years she served as the VIP launch for the State Government. Her hull which is largely original, is New Zealand Kauri planked on American Elm frames, and her deckhouse is teak. Her triple expansion engine is authentic, but new coal burning boilers were fitted in the 1920's and again in 1997. With her low profile, raked lines and graceful counter stern, LADY HOPETOUN is a classic example of Edwardian grace and style. From the comfort of her decks a great number of notable people including King George VI, the Duke of Windsor, the Queen of Thailand and Lord Montgomery of Alamein have enjoyed Sydney Harbour. In 1965 she was the first vessel acquired by the Sydney maritime Museum and although still operational, was showing obvious signs of her age. During the next five years much restoration work was carried out on her upper decks in order to make her presentable for the 1970 Captain Cook bicentennial celebrations. In 1990 she was slipped for six months during which time her original copper sheathing was taken off, many of her frames replaced and her engine and boiler were removed for a complete overhaul. When re-entering the water she was pronounced fit for the next 88 years. She now steams regularly in the hands of Museum volunteers and is avilable for private and corporate charters on Sydney Harbour.

3 masted barque

James Craig

James Craig
Creator:
Sunderland Shipyards, England
Description:
3 masted 'wind jammer' - sailing maiden voyage in 1874 to Peru. Plied the oceans for 26 years. Abandoned in Tasmania in 1930, restored 1972 - 2000.
Date:
1874

James Craig' is being restored to operational condition - recommissioned in 2000. Will take passangers from April/May 2001.

Heritage Boat

YENDYS (Sydney spelt backwards)

YENDYS (Sydney spelt backwards)
Creator:
Charles Hayes
Description:
Reconstructed snub nose, wide beam 18ft sailing skiff with a crew of up to 15.
Date:
1925
Item Id Number:
#4

YEDDYA is one of the few surviving examples of the 'big beamers', the wide bodied 18 footers that raced on the harbour before 1933.