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.
Contents:IntroductionAcknowledgements1. Early Days2. Two Tasmanian Shipping Companies3. Bitter Rivalry4. Consolidation5. Loongana6. Hobart Services7. Nairana8. Tasmanian Steamers Pty Ltd9. Riverina and Zealandia10. Taroona11. World War 2 and the Post-War Years12. Princess of Tasmania13. Empress of Australia14. Australian Trader15. All Change16. Abel Tasman17. SeaCat Tasmania18. Spirit of Tasmania19. The Devil Cats20. Two New Spirits21. Reviving the Sydney ServiceBibliographyIndex