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Photograph of Walter Reeks designed ferry

Date: c 1900
Overall: 75 x 105 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Australian Railway Historical Society NSW Division, Railway Resource Centre
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00050503

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    One of two box-brownie camera or similar camera photographs of ferries, circa 1900.
    SignificanceThis photographs is a rare, early image of a Walter Reeks designed ferry.
    HistoryOne of two photographs of ferries, one of which as been identified as a Walter Reeks design. Walter Reeks (1861 - 1925) has strong claims to being Australia's first full time professional naval architect. Reeks pioneered the double-ended, sea-going configuration of ferries with the first two propellor driven craft for the service, MANLY 1896 and KU-RING-GAI in 1899. The double ended ferry in this photograph is almost certainly one of these vessels.

    All the Lady Class ferries up to 1915 (excepting the LADY NAPIER) were designed by Reeks for the Balmain New Ferry Company, and a number featured his unorthodox cambered keel profile or the single push/pull screw arrangement. Reeks also designed ferries for the Vaucluse run including the GREYCLIFFE.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Photograph of Walter Reeks designed ferry

    Assigned title: Ferry photographs

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