Friday, December 16, 2011

Mount Druitt Volunteer - Spending Time Restoring Former Tug Boats, Sydney Ferries and Tall Ships!

David a retired gentleman from Mount Druitt a former office worker  now volunteers his time of 18 hours per week at the 'Sydney Heritage Fleet' restoring old boats: ferries, tug boats and tall ships at Pyrmont, Cockle Bay, Sydney. Currently he assisting the restoration of the Kanangra ( see details below obtained from SHF.

These people are great for Sydney, especially David - he  travels by train and return for his volunteering days and has since learnt painting, carpentry and takes great pride of his job. His passion to  get these boats back on float for  putting back into public use. He advised although it is a small group doing this - they are always looking for  volunteers to assist. David has live din this wonderful country for over 40 years after migrating and wanted to give back something to the country this is his way of saying thank you

According to Cybil at the office, there a 'Fleeting orientation Day' to see if you want to volunteer further time and then it is all up to you as to how you assist to get these  boats out into the sea.

Should anyone want to be a volunteer: these are the contact details: and contact the office on 02 92983888   ring between 9-5pm Monday to Fridays

Sydney Heritage Fleet

 Kanangra 1912

     Last of the double-ended
     Sydney inner harbour ferries

Click to enlarge
Kanangra when a coal fired steam ferry

Two principal Sydney Harbour passenger transport requirements emerged early in the twentieth century. One was for a ferry to operate inner-harbour runs such as Circular Quay to Mosman. The other was for a ferry capable of crossing the open water between the Heads on the Circular Quay to Manly run. The vessels designed for inner-harbour use became known as the Sydney Ferries, a term still in use today.
On 18th December 1911, a new service to Cremorne was inaugurated by Sydney Ferries Ltd. To serve this route five double-ended ferries were built: KirruleKiandra,KubuKirawa and Kanangra was built by Morts Dock and Engineering Company Ltd. and was launched at Woolwich Dock on 14th August 1912. Originally a coal-fired steamer she is constructed of riveted steel with wooden decks and superstructure and could carry over 1000 passengers on her two decks. Her original steam engine was removed in 1959 and replaced with a diesel engine.
In later years, Kanangra operated weekday peak-hour services to Cockatoo Island and Mosman and on Sundays and public holidays would provide a harbour cruise to Middle Harbour. Kanangra remained in service until 1985.
Kanangra was presented to the Sydney Heritage Fleet by the New South Wales Government. Ferries are a vital part of Sydney's waterscape and very much part of our heritage.Kanangra is an important part of the Fleet's collection and is currently undergoing restoration.
Vital Statistics:
Overall length155ft (47.2m)
Beam31ft (9.5m)
Displacement295 tons
Powered byCrossley diesel engine
Acquired by the Fleet   1987
Acquired by the Fleet   1987

Image of Kanangra awaiting restoration

                                                               Kanangra.awaiting restoration

No comments:

Save Our Bus Services

Read our story on how we made it our priority to ensure bus services are re-instated from services taken away in 2009.