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Vessel Number: HV000139
Date: 1949
Vessel Dimensions: 30.48 m x 28.5 m x 7.62 m x 3.81 m, 344.49 tonnes (100 ft x 93.5 ft x 25 ft x 12.5 ft, 350 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 28.95 m x 7.62 m, 230 tons (95 ft x 25 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
YELTA is a rare example of a steam tug designed and built at Cockatoo Dockyard in Sydney NSW.
DescriptionThe steel construction, steam tug YELTA was built in 1949 from a design that was prepared by Cockatoo Dockyard staff in the yard's design and drafting section. It was built for Adelaide Steamship Company and spent the next 27 years berthing craft and towing them in and out of Port Adelaide. YELTA was retired in November 1976 as South Australia’s last fully operational steam tug.

In 1985 it was restored to its former glory by an army of skilled volunteers and now has pride of place on the water at the South Australian Maritime Museum.

Since YELTA's restoration in 1985 young and old have been given the unique opportunity to marvel at the workings of a triple expansion steam engine as well as enjoy cruises on the Port River. It cruises the Port on a regular basis throughout the year, taking visitors on dolphin-seeking trips as well as offering passengers the chance to discover the historic wharves, sheds, factories and industries situated along the river including the Submarine Corporation, Torrens Island and Quarantine Station.

YELTA remains in excellent operating condition and is one of a select few ex-commercial steam vessels remaining afloat around Australia.

Prepared from material supplied by the South Australian Maritime Museum.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:steel/iron
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck material and construction:steel/iron
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
Motor propulsion:screw steamerSSsteam launchsteam shipsteam yachtsteamersteamshipSY
Motor propulsion:steam reciprocating
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Spar material:iron/steel
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Current status:museum vessel
ships:ships:ship:Byzantine ships:wheelhouse
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 11411

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