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93/373/1 Ship model and display case, 'Lady Woodward', ferry, wood / metal / glass, made by apprentices of State Transit Ferries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1983. Click to enlarge.

Model of Sydney ferry 'Lady Woodward'

Made
The Sydney ferry has been a visual symbol of Sydney's Port Jackson for over 100 years. It is arguable that it is a more universal icon of Sydney Harbour than the Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 'Lady Woodward' is representative of the 'Lady' class of ferry , which superseded all but the 'K' class of double-ended ferries. The 'Lady' class of which the 'Lady Cutler' was the forerunner, began in 1968 and consisted of four vessels similar in size and design to the 'Lady Cutler' and …

Summary

Object No.

93/373/1

Object Statement

Ship model and display case, 'Lady Woodward', ferry, wood / metal / glass, made by apprentices of State Transit Ferries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1983

Physical Description

Ship model and display case, ferry, 'Lady Woodward'. wood / metal / glass, made by apprentices of State Transit Ferries, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.1983

Production

Notes

This model was made by apprentices of State Transit Ferries in the Sydney suburb Balmain in about 1983.

History

Notes

The'Lady Woodward' was built in 1970 for the NSW Public Transport Commission in charge of Sydney Ferries by the NSW State Dockyard Newcastle. The 'Lady Woodward' and the 'Lady McKell ' were being built one behind the other at the Newcastle slipway with the 'Lady Kell' the one closer to the water. The plan was to launch both on the same day, but Lady McKell was unable to make the day chosen for the ceremony, but Lady Woodward could. So quick thinking took place, the names on the ship' bows were cut out and switched ,the one to the other. So the 'Lady Kell' now became the 'Lady Woodward' and vice-versa. The now 'Lady Woodward ' was launched by Lady Woodward on19th October 1970, and the now ' Lady McKell ' launched by Lady McKell several weeks later.

In Sydney's First Great Ferry Race in 1980, it was the 'Lady Woodward ' first across the finish line. After a long career servicing Sydney Harbour passenger traffic, the 'Lady Woodward' was decommissioned in 1991, and provisionally sold to Hong Kong interests, but the deal fell through. She was finally sold to Maurice Drent Boating services (MDBS) Tasmania and variously worked on 3D Surveys and as an aquaculture support vessel for harvesting trout, and storage of fishfood. She was eventually sold again in 2010 to a private family, and relocated to Tin Can Bay, Queensland, to be refitted out as a private floating home.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of State Transit Sydney Ferries, 1993

Acquisition Date

19 October 1993

Cite this Object

Harvard

Model of Sydney ferry 'Lady Woodward' 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/135378>

Wikipedia

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