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Vessel Number: HV000065
Date: 1902
Vessel Dimensions: 33.07 m x 6.14 m x 3.15 m, 157.5 tonnes (108.5 ft x 20.15 ft x 10.35 ft, 160 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
WARATAH is a steam driven tug built in 1902 in Sydney, NSW. It is the oldest tug in working condition in Australia and also the oldest surviving vessel to have been built at Cockatoo Island, NSW, which was one of Australia's biggest ship building yards for many deacdes.
DescriptionWARATAH was launched in 1902, and named BURUNDA, an Indigenous name meaning 'Swan'. The Sydney Morning Herald (23rd May 1902, Launch of a Government Steamer) reported that BURUNDA was christened by Mrs Buckland, the wife of the designer.

BURUNDA's primary task was to tow dredges and barges between ports along the NSW coastline. The steel tug has an engine dating from 1901 that was built in Glasgow. At just over 33 metres long WARATAH has elegant proportions, including a counter stern and raked funnel which portray the graceful style of the Edwardian period. It was renamed WARATAH in 1918.

In 1948 the vessel was no longer allowed to work offshore and its operations were restricted to areas within Newcastle Harbour. WARATAH then performed general duties including servicing navigation buoys and VIP transport until 1968. At that time WARATAH was going to be scrapped but the Sydney Heritage Fleet recognised the tug's importance and purchased WARATAH from the Department of Public Works. After a five year restoration which gained the Fleet international recognition the tug became fully operational. WARATAH remains in use with the Fleet as a charter and excursion vessel on Sydney Harbour.
Vessel Details
Current status:floating
Current status:on public display
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
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
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:screw steamerSSsteam launchsteam shipsteam yachtsteamersteamshipSY
Motor propulsion:steam reciprocating
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ships:ship:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Additional Titles

Previous title: Burunda

Primary title: Waratah

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 18681

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