Class: First Fleet Class
Speed: 12 kn
Length: 25.38 m
Displacement: 105 t
Route: Inner Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island, Eastern Suburbs
Origin of Name: Named after the Charlotte, part of the 1787 First Fleet.
The Charlottes namesake was an English merchant ship built in the River Thames in 1784. She was such a “heavy sailer,” that she had to be towed down the English Channel in order to keep pace with the rest of the Fleet.
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.