Photograph of ferry Ss Togo on the Hobart slipway

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Togo was known as the “river flier” and was considered
to be the fastest river steamer in Australia. Designed by
Walter Reeks, a naval architect of Sydney, and built by Fred
Moore of Launceston, she was launched on the Tamar on
November 16th 1905, at a cost of £8,000. She had three
passenger decks - main, poop and bridge. A ladies’ cabin
under the poop deck a gentlemen’s cabin forward and a
canteen and spacious and airy bar. In the design of her
cruiser-type stern she was years ahead of her time. She was
built like a yacht. The hull timbers were of spotted gum and
the planking kauri pine. Her triple expansion four-cylinder engines,
designed for 400 h.p., were constructed in Launceston
at the works of the Glasgow Engineering Company. Her
boiler, designed to give 180 lbs. p.s.i., of the water tube type,
was manufactured in Glasgow.
In 1920 Togo was purchased £3500 by James Rowe & Sons
Pty. Ltd., of Hobart, and refurbished. During the week she
was used on either the Channel or the Peninsula run carrying
cargo and at the weekend on excursions to Opossum Bay,
South Arm, Denne’s Point and Browns River. She was always
to be seen at the annual regattas at Hobart, New Norfolk
and Shipwrights Point. From 1920 with varying results Togo
participated in every Christmas Day race round Green Island.
A notable race with the Cartella on Christmas Day,1927 saw
her run aground off Castray Esplanade.
She was taken out of commission in 1931 when her boiler
was condemned. She was moored in Constitution Dock
and remained there for the best part of ten years. Togo ended
her days gutted and with her engine removed at the ships’
graveyard at Mt. Direction, East Risdon. Photograph Collection Pr.Shp. 4

Item Type: Image
Keywords: Photograph, Tasmania, Constitution Dock, Derwent , ferry, slipway,University of Tasmania, Special & Rare Collections,
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Photograph from the University of Tasmania Special & Rare Photograph Collection Pr.Shp. 4

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