Two more ferries on the Huon River

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.

Jeremiah Ryan at Port Huon
Jeremiah Ryan at Port Huon
Jeremiah Ryan at Port Huon
Jeremiah Ryan at Port Huon

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.

Lady Jane at Port Huon Wharf
Lady Jane at Port Huon Wharf
Lady Jane at the old mooring near Huonville
Lady Jane at the old mooring near Huonville
Lady Jane's anchor
Lady Jane’s anchor

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.




I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Wanted to thank you for liking my guest post on Life in the Boomer Lane about retirement and transitions. Very nice photos on your blog site. Interesting to read about Tasmania, the Huon River and the old ferries.


    • Thank you. I always enjoy Life In The Boomer Lane and some of guest posts strike a chord now I’m approaching that age myself. Tasmania is beautiful and I’m lucky to live in my favourite part.


  2. I’m currently working on the Lady Jane with Nick Clifford in Cygnet. She’s a pleasure to work on and quite difficult to get up on a slip with her massive ferro-cement keel. thanks for posting, it’s great to see the before shot. Have been doing mostly work to cosmetic details and cleaning the keel is next. I’ll see if i can get some photos when she’s out of the water. Nick is desperate to change the name so hopefully we are inspired in the repairing process 😉 cheers

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    • Hi Patrick, thatnks so much for commenting. I had noticed she’d disappeared from her mooring and wondered where she was and what was going to happen to her. Please do keep me informed.


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