Harbour craft


Once upon a time Sydney was one of the world’s great commercial ports. To handle the coming and going of the great and not so great ships a fleet of smaller craft was needed.  Here they are : dredges, water police, charter ferries, Customs vessels, cargo lighters, tugs, large and small, ferries, coal hulks and a range  of almost un-noticed working craft – many of which have faded into the past.

For costs and availability of obtaining any of these photos without watermark, as an electronic file, as a print from the original negative (where available) or as some other format, contact the Maritime Records and Research Centre’s Curator on mrrc@shf.org.au/home or 02 9298 3850, quoting the full file name and giving details of format wanted.

Copyright for the majority of these images from the collection is vested in the Sydney Heritage Fleet. For the remaining images every attempt has been made to ensure correct attribution. If any originator of an image notes an error the Sydney Heritage Fleet would welcome any notification and will remove that image or modify its attribution.

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