Watch amazing drone footage of the Queenscliff ferry’s last voyage
The iconic, historic vessel will be retired after 40 years on Sydney’s waterways.
2021-10-14T09: 19: 00 + 11: 00
The iconic Queenscliff ferry has made its final journey from Manly to Circular Quay this week.
At that time, it is estimated that the vessel has traveled more than three million kilometers across Sydney’s waterways.
For its final journey on Wednesday, it was mastered by Austin Hart. Hart is the son of the vessel’s first ferry master, who led the first voyage in July 1983.
Queenscliff is one of four ferries that will be retired to make room for newer, faster ships.
Two remaining old ferries will continue to operate in Sydney on weekends and public holidays in 2022.
But the parting with the historic ferries has been ruined by controversy with many locals saying they were an iconic tourist attraction.
A parliamentary petition in February received more than 20,000 signatures in the hope that new Transport Secretary Rob Stokes would overturn the decision.
In a statement, Northern Beaches Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham said the services “were reduced to a shadow of its former glory”.
“These ferries, along with Harbor Bridge and the Opera House are icons of Sydney Harbor,” she said.
“Just as London is famous for its red double-decker buses and San Francisco for its cable cars.”
The maritime union in Australia has shared the concern. The union’s Paul Garrett said the Emerald Class vessels, which will replace the retired ferries, “still have not solved all their safety problems”.
He said it was unclear whether the newer vessels were equipped to handle the often dramatic swells in the harbor.
The new ferries are expected to be operational from November.