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John Oxley

Vessel Number: HV000032
Date: 1927
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 51.2 m x 9.75 m x 3.35 m (168 ft x 32 ft x 11 ft)
Registered Dimensions: 544 tons x 212 tons
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
The steam ship JOHN OXLEY was built in 1927 in Scotland. It served in Queensland for almost 5 decades where it was well-known along the coastline supporting navigational aids and undertaking pilot duties. JOHN OXLEY is the last remaining coastal steamer in Australian waters.
DescriptionJOHN OXLEY was built in Scotland in 1927 for the Queensland Government and operated by them in a dual role. It was used as a navigation maintenance and survey ship as well as for relief pilot duties. The ship was well fitted out and had a high quality steam engine and boilers installed. The vessel has a plated steel hull, wooden deck and wooden superstructure.

JOHN OXLEY remained in service until 1970 when it was donated to the Sydney Heritage Fleet. In 2006 JOHN OXLEY was taken out of the water on the Sydney Heritage Fleet's Sea Heritage floating dock where it is undergoing extensive restoration before it can be re-launched as an operating steam ship.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:non-floating
Current status:non-operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck layout:multiple decks
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:steel
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:screw steamerSSsteam launchsteam shipsteam yachtsteamersteamshipSY
Motor propulsion:steam reciprocating
Propeller:single
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel

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