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Ferry to Tasmania

By Peter Plowman

Ferry to Tasmania

A short history

The story 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. Among them are names such as Loongana, Nairana, Taroona, Princess of Tasmania and Empress of Australia, while the more recent vessels include Abel Tasman, Spirit of Tasmania and the Devil Cats, with their bright colours.

It is quite amazing how much the ferry service from the mainland to Tasmania has developed in a very short time. As recently as 2002 there was but one ferry making three return trips a week between Melbourne and Devonport, capable of transporting some 8,500 passenger a week. Today there is a nightly departure from both these terminals, providing up to 2,000 passages a day. During peak periods, when both night and day trips are being operated, almost 20,000 passengers can be carried in each direction in a week. In addition, the recently opened service between Sydney and Devonport has the capacity to transport about 150,000 passengers in each direction during the year. 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, which will be of interest to many former and present passengers. The book will also be a valuable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in passenger ships, and as an historical record will be a necessary addition to most libraries around the country.

Soft laminated cover 200 pages. B/W photos. approx. 290mm X 210mm. ISBN 9781877058271. (2004). RRP $29.95

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