Sirius

Workhorse of the Harbour

Sirius

Workhorse of the Harbour

Class: First Fleet Class
Service: 1985
Capacity: 403
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 HMS Sirius, flagship of the 1787 First Fleet.

The Siriuss namesake, was the flagship of the First Fleet, which set out from Portsmouth, England, in 1787 to establish the first European colony in New South Wales, Australia. Originally named Berwick she was renamed Sirius in 1786, after the southern star Sirius. She carried Captain Arthur Phillip, who would be the first governor of the new colony.

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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