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Barrenjoey

Vessel Number: HV000168
Date: 1919
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 15 m x 13 m x 3.8 m x 1.1 m (49.22 ft x 42.65 ft x 12.47 ft x 3.61 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
BARRENJOEY is an example of a ferry that was built in Brisbane Waters NSW in 1919 and operated there for over 50 years.

DescriptionBARRENJOEY was built by shipwright Gordon Beattie and launched in 1919 as REGENT BIRD. The carvel planked ferry was one of a number built for the Brisbane Waters area by Beattie from 1916 to the mid 1930s. It had a straight stem and elliptical counter stern, and was registered to take 85 passengers.

Beattie was a second generation shipwright. His father Edward initially worked for the Davis family but eventually built craft on his own account up until 1889 at the Beattie property called Palermo, on Cockle Creek at Brisbane Waters. Gordon restarted the yard at Palermo in 1916 when commissioned to build a ferry for John Murphy. More ferries followed including REGENT BIRD, which was later called KILCARE STAR.

The initial operators were Jack Owen and brothers-in-law William and Roy Riley, but they soon joined Murphy's service and became Amalgamated Ferries.

The ferry took the name BARRENJOEY in 1966 when the famous Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company bought the ferry to operate a service between Brooklyn and Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River. It was retired and sold to Gordon Davey in 1974.

In 2012 it remains in use as a private motor launch. The superstructure has had considerable changes over its years of service, but the original hull remains intact with the addition of new sistered frames, new fastenings and exterior fibreglass reinforcement.

Vessel Details
Ballast:internal
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Deck material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:photos
Related materials:references
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Previous title: Regent Bird

Primary title: Barrenjoey

Previous title: Kilcare Star

Alternate Numbers

Official Number: 179745

Vessel Registration Number: JL512N

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