Lady Hopetoun 1902
Classic Edwardian VIP steam launch
Named after the wife of the First Governor-General of Australia, the Lady Hopetoun was built in Berry's Bay and launched on 10th April 1902. (See 1902 newspaper article)
For many years she served as the VIP launch for the NSW State Government. Her hull which is largely original, is constructed from New Zealand kauri planks on American elm frames. Her deckhouse is teak. She still retains her original triple-expansion steam engine, but her original boiler was replaced in the 1920s. A new coal-fired boiler was again installed in 1997.
With her low profile, raked lines and graceful counter stern, Lady Hopetoun is a classic example of Edwardian grace and style. From the comfort of her decks a great number of notable people including the Duke of York (later King George VI), the King and Queen of Thailand and Lord Montgomery of Alamein have enjoyed Sydney Harbour.
She was the first vessel acquired by the Sydney Heritage Fleet and although still operational, was showing obvious signs of age.
In 1990 she was slipped for six months during which time her original copper sheathing was taken off, many of her frames replaced and her engine and boiler were removed for a complete overhaul.
|Overall length||77ft (23.5m)|
|Powered by||Triple expansion steam engine|
|Acquired by the Fleet||1965|
For dates of scheduled public trips on Lady Hopetoun, and links for more information and bookings, see Upcoming Events.
Lady Hopetoun is available for charter between 10:00am and 10:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She carries 27 passengers on four-hour cruises of Sydney Harbour.
For general information about the Fleet contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To charter one of our vessels or to book an event please contact the Events manager at email@example.com. To discuss these or other options please phone 02 9298 3888.
Last modified on Thursday, 20-Jun-2013 12:42:32 EST