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Manly Steamship Company ferry SOUTH STEYNE

Date: 1950s
Overall: 370 x 1450 x 250 mm, 8.7 kg
Medium: Wood, plastic, metal, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Terry Forest
Object Name: Ship model
Object No: 00029475
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This model depicts the Manly Steamship Company ferry SOUTH STEYNE.
    SignificanceThis model is representative of a well known Sydney Harbour ferry SOUTH STEYNE and its career on Sydney Harbour from 1961 to 1974. The SOUTH STEYNE is now (2010) a floating restaurant in Darling Harbour.
    HistoryThe Manly Steamship Company were the most well known ferry operators in Sydney and gained fame for their large cruiser-like steamers that carried passengers between Circular Quay and Manly. By the 1930s the service was growing in popularity and helping to open up the suburb of Manly to the wider Sydney region.

    SOUTH STEYNE was built in 1938 by Henry Robb Ltd of Leith, Scotland and designed in partnership with W L Dendy general manager of the Port Jackson Steam Navigation Company. At its launch SOUTH STEYNE was described as the fastest and biggest ferry of the British Empire, a claim that was later disproven. SOUTH STEYNE could carry up to 1781 passengers in normal weather conditions and 1398 in rough conditions.

    It was the last steam-powered ferry to work on Sydney Harbour retiring in 1974. Many Sydneysiders hold a deep affection for the SOUTH STEYNE and it was one of the most famous Manly ferry vessels travelling between Circular Quay and Manly. It made the trip over 100,000 times during its career, carrying more than 92 million passengers. When the Sydney ferry service was taken over by the NSW Government in 1974 the SOUTH STEYNE went into retirement, proving too expensive to run and requiring repairs. It also suffered extensive damage from a fire.

    SOUTH STEYNE was bought by private owners who restored the vessel. It is currently (2009) moored in Darling Harbour and acts as a function centre and floating restaurant.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Manly Steamship Company ferry SOUTH STEYNE

    Web title: SOUTH STEYNE

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