The Huon River seems to be becoming a home for retired ferries at present. As well as the Cartela which will be setting off for her new berth in Franklin next Sunday two other former Hobart ferries are at moorings nearby.
Below is the Jeremiah Ryan, otherwise known as Incat Hull -001. The Jeremiah Ryan was the first catamaran ferry built by Robert Clifford, the forerunner of the many that he has built at Incat since then. She was built after the collapse of the Tasman Bridge in 1975 left Hobart with a transport crisis.
Most recently she was used for tourist trips on the Derwent but after the collapse of Captain Fell’s Historic Ferries she went out of service and is currently for sale. For some years prior to 2007 when Captain Fell bought her she was used on the Maria Island ferry run. By the looks of her she will need some work. I think it would be a nice thing to see her preserved, perhaps at Incat as the first of her kind.
I haven’t been able to find out very much about Lady Jane’s past. I know that she was formerly called the Commodore and I remember her by that name doing cruises to the Cadbury factory when we first came to Tasmania and that she is made of Ferro cement. Poor Lady Jane hasn’t been welcome anywhere for the past few months. When she first came to the Huon she berthed at the Port Huon Wharf for a while, then she disappeared and reappeared hidden behind Franklin Marine at Franklin which the local council was keen for her to depart from. Now she is moored just outside of Huonville. I see men aboard her often when we pass by and wonder what her fate will be. I hope it won’t be the scrap yard.
I hope that both of these old boats find good homes, maybe here in the Huon. There is a lot of waterfront activity at Franklin now with the Living Boat Trust, Wooden Boat School and Cartela Restoration all resident there.