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First Fleet class
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Golden Grove in October 2006
Class overview
Builders: Carrington Slipways
Operators:
  • Sydney Ferries
  • Transdev Sydney Ferries
Built: 1984–1986
Completed: 9
Active: 9
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran
Displacement: 83 tonnes
Length: 25.4 m (83 ft)
Propulsion: MTU Series 60
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 393

The First Fleet class is a class of ferry operated by Transdev Sydney Ferries on Sydney Harbour.

History

In the early 1980s, the Urban Transit Authority ordered nine catamaran ferries from Carrington Slipways, Tomago. They were to replace the K-class and wooden Lady class ferries on Sydney Harbour. The new vessels were named after ships of the First Fleet and were delivered between 1984 and 1986. It was originally intended that they would operate services on the Parramatta River, but they generated too much wash.

In 2006/07, the class were repowered with MTU Series 60 engines. Today, all nine remain in service with Transdev Sydney Ferries.

In 2020, the then 35-year old ferries underwent a major upgrade to provide them with another 10 years of service. The work was undertaken at Port Macquarie. The changes included upgraded engines, refurbished interiors, the provision of air conditioning and additional safety features. The first vessel to be upgraded and returned to service was Golden Grove.

Vessels

Name Call Sign MMSI Shipyard No Completed Status Namesake
Supply 16496 503344800 163 1984 Active HMS Supply
Sirius 15622 503345700 164 1984 Active HMS Sirius
Alexander 15517 503344900 165 1985 Active Alexander
Borrowdale 16852 503345100 1985 Active Borrowdale
Charlotte 17258 503345200 167 1985 Active Charlotte
Fishburn 15519 503345300 176 1985 Active Fishburn
Friendship 17458 503345400 1986 Active Friendship
Golden Grove 16497 503345500 177 1986 Active Golden Grove
Scarborough 16814 503345600 178 1986 Active Scarborough
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