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Lyttelton II

Former Lyttelton Harbour Board Tug Lyttelton 11 at Sydney along side Clifton Gardens Wharf. This vessel was delivered to Sydney in 1981 and was used as a private yatch taking groups interested in steam ships. She made the crossing from New Zealand and was most likely the longest hand fired coal fire

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Not true........the tug Wyola steamed from the UK to Fremantle in 1913!
Coal fired with two boilers built in South Shields and worked in the Port of Fremantle until early 1970.
During WW1 she steamed to Malta for a while and then back again.
I did the last days work on her as Master ......an amazing old tug.
She had a sail plan to help her engines on the long passage out to Fremantle.
Owned by the Swan River Shipping Co. of Fremantle. I believe the log book of her voyage out is still in the Tug office in Mews Road Fremantle.
She also carried out a salvage off the coast of Portugal on the way!
 

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My comment should have read in 1981 she made the crossing from New Zealand it was perhaps the longest hand fired steam ship journey,south of the equator at that time, will be more careful of the wording. Lyttelton 11 was built in Renfrew in 1939 and was delivered to New Zealand and sailed under own power.Only made the comment to prove it was a special trip in 1981.
 

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HI Tony
She was broken up in Melbourne several years ago.A great shame she was indeed a fine vessel. She sailed to Sydney in 1981 from NZ and ran around Sydney and made a few trips up into Pit****er as part of a movie pilot called Island Trader but never saw a film career.The idea was to keep her in original condition but like all attempts if was not too be. Sold to a private person in Melbourne and he attempted to keep her but it also failed. Sad end. The photo was taken with a young group from the navy base to see how a steamer worked.

John (curl curl)
 

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No problems.....she and others like her were amazing old boats. Sailed halfway around the world and worked their hearts out for many a long year. I can recall her waiting for us off Lyttleton when we we arrived in the NZS ships all those years ago.
 

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I was just about to book my fair down to Sydney to spend a day on her... my disappointment.
What a great attraction she would have been on Sydney Harbour.
Regards, Tony
 

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When I was a BF 1st tripper, when we arrived in Sydney in 1967 on the Ixion, an old lag told me the old harbour ferries had sailed out under their own steam with decks piled high with coal.
True or untrue?
Gordy
 

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Hi Gordy It is true that the Manly ferry sisters Curl Curl and Dee Why did sail from Old Kilpatrick in 1928 with spare coal bags stores on the inside deck.It is also true that Lyyelton 11 did have extra coal on the open deck on her voyage in 1981 from NZ only to loose it once the swell became larger and over it went blocking scuppers.It must have been true with other Manly ferries that came out from the UK.Only five Manly boats came from the UK and the others were built either in Sydney or Newcastle. John (curl curl)
 

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