Betty Cuthbert

The Parramatta River Service

Betty Cuthbert

The Parramatta River Service

Class: RiverCat Class
Service: 1992
Capacity: 230
Speed: 22 kn
Length: 36.8 m
Displacement: 41 t
Route: Parramatta River
Origin of Name: Named after the athlete, Betty Cuthbert.

Betty Cuthbert MBE was an Australian runner and four time Olympic gold medalist. During her career, she set 16 world records, and remains the only athlete to have triumphed at the Games in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. Nicknamed Australia’s “Golden Girl”, she was one of the first atheletes inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Sydney Harbour First Fleet Class consist of nine catamaran ferries built by Carrington Slipways in Tomago, New South Wales. They replaced the wooden K and Lady class ferries on Sydney Harbour. It was originally intended that they operate services on the Parramatta River, but they generated too much wash.

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