Lady Hopetoun


Lady Hopetoun is a 1902 VIP steam launch. Lady Hopetoun was purchased by the fledgling Lady Hopetoun & Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum (forerunner to the Sydney Heritage Fleet), which was formed in December 1965 to acquire the vessel from the Maritime Services Board.

Lady Hopetoun was handed over to the museum in early 1966. She underwent a major restoration and was recommissioned in 1970 just in time for the Captain Cook bi-centenary celebrations.

Despite her age, Lady Hopetoun’s hull is still largely original and is constructed of New Zealand kauri planks on American elm frames. Her deckhouse is teak.

Lady Hopetoun has probably carried more famous people on her decks than any other vessel in Australia. Among them, King George VI as Duke of York, the Duke of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand, Princess Alexandra; Governors General of Australia, Governors and Premiers of New South Wales; and many other world figures.

Harbour Charter: 27 Passengers

Call us on +61 (2) 9298 3888 or send an email to  to arrange a site  inspection of the vessel.
Charter days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (12pm – 9pm)
Departs & returns to: Heritage Docks & Workshop at Gate 4, James Craig Road, Rozelle 2039 Bathrooms: 1 bathroom on-board
Wheelchair accessible: No
Hire Period: 3 hours