the Genista

Last updated on 16-Nov-20

Ferry Genista 83 tons, 80/91x19.5x7.5 feet, ON 93522, built at Lavender Bay, Sydney in 1886 by James Halstead under the supervision of William Dunn for Mr. Perdriau.  Used initially on the daily Gosford-Sydney run until late Jun 1887.Genista served in Western Port from 1889-1932. The Genista featured in several instances of rescuing other vessels in distress, such as on Nov 12 1905: “Steamer Queenscliff  broke down 9 miles WSW of Cape Woolamai in a gale owing to bursting of the high pressure cylinder.  She managed to sail close to Cape Woolamai from where Captain McLeod was able to tow her to a safe anchorage with the Genista.  The captain has telegraphed the agents for a tug to tow her to Melbourne.”

 

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Genista carrying a wagon and jinker

 

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Photograph looking along Rhyll Jetty with the Ferry "Genista" and the Schooner "Stephen" and the Ketch "Vision" tied up at the end.

 

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Genista, 1915

 

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Farewelling Genista during WW1, 1917

 

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Genista leaving with streamers and waving passengers, 1917

 

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