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The island state of Tasmania has been dependant on ferry services to the mainland almost from the time of first settlement. Over the past two centuries the size and number of the vessels employed on this vital trade has steadily increased. This book provides the first detailed account of the development of these services, from the very early days of paddle steamers right up to the introduction of Spirit of Tasmania III in January 2004. 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 these names are such as Loongana, Nairana, Taroona, Prince 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781877058271
ISBN-10: 1877058270
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 280mm x 15mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Rosenberg Publishing
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Peter Plowman

Peter Plowman is a noted maritime researcher and writer, having had five books published in Australia over the past twenty years. His first books detailed the history of Australian and New Zealand Passenger Ships from 1875 to 1980.

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