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Cartela was built in 1912, as a steam powered passenger and cargo ferry, operating on the Derwent River and surrounding waterways. There's not many passengers vessels from that era still in existence, and far fewer that have seen continuous service.

Entrance


Engine

In the 1950s, she became a motor vessel. Diesel, I think. That's the original engine.

First deck

On entering, this is what I saw.

Entrance

Just inside the entrance, is a... fire place? Electrical heating or something similar, not an open fire, but still it seemed odd, until I went upstairs.

First deck, aft

Beyond the bar, is this area of seating

Out back

and further out in the stern, this bit.

Now up the stairs...

Stairs

Top deck

Now this is more like a large, if very elegant hall, than something afloat. There's even a piano and a bar.

Piano

That's the piano.

Out window

Top deck, other way

Looking back towards the bow. A 1910s/1920s style dinner party or dance would not feel out of place here.

Wheel

Through the doors is the wheel.

Top deck -- to stern

Beyond this bar, is a out door seating area (you can see it in the second from the top photo) with good views.

Lower stairs

There's also another area below the main deck, which I assume is for storage and such.

Bow

On the way out, this is the bow.

Bow

From shore

2 thoughts on “MV Cartela

  1. who remembers the old girl doing the trip from Hobart to Opossum Bay in the nineteen forties ?

  2. I first rode on the old girl in the mid 60s and have several times up until the mid 90s.
    She was part of 'The FerryBoat Shuffle' when the bridge went down in the mid 70s.
    Reputedly sunk at her berth, pumped out, repaired and back to work on a few days.
    And I am a South Aussie with Taswegian relatives.
    They had better get her back on the river soon as I will be making a Tassy visit again soon.

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