The island state of Tasmania has been dependent on ferry services to the mainland almost from the time of first settlement. Over the past two centuries the size and number of the vessels employed on this vital trade has steadily increased.
This book, 'Ferry to Tasmania' provides the first detailed account of the development of these services, from the very early days of paddle steamers right up to the introduction of Spirit of Tasmania III in January 2004.
The story in 'Ferry to Tasmania' is told primarily through the ships, but there are also numerous personal reminiscences and experiences recounted, that bring the tale to life. Many of the ships became famous during their time operating to Tasmania, and are fondly remembered today.
There is no doubt that Tasmania is now enjoying the best ferry service ever provided between the mainland and the island state. The full story of this and all other developments in the Tasmanian ferry trade is told in 200 pages, packed with over 200 pictures, many in full colour. There are extensive descriptions of each ship, along with deck plans and interior pictures.
1. Early Days
2. Two Tasmanian Shipping Companies
3. Bitter Rivalry
6. Hobart Services
8. Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd
9. Riverina and Zealandia
11. World War 2 and the Post-War Years
12. Princess of Tasmania
13. Empress of Australia
14. Australian Trader
15. All Change
16. Abel Tasman
17. SeaCat Tasmania
18. Spirit of Tasmania
19. The Devil Cats
20. Two New Spirits
21. Reviving the Sydney Service