KOONDOOLOO was the final Ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Hawthorns & Co, Shipbuilders and Engineers, before the yard was taken over by Henry Robb Shipbuilders in 1924
The SouthwestRocksMaritimeMuseum has many photos etc of the Hawthorns & Co built ferry and she was in fact the last ship to be built and launched from the Leith Shipyard of Hawthorns & Co
Ship No 187 launched in March 1924
Video footage of the three ferries can be found on the NSW Maritime Heritage site here: http://maritime.heritage.nsw.gov.au/public/search_results.cfm
The quiet town of Southwest Rocks on the New South Wales north coast (Australia) received an unexpected surprise on the night of 9th January 1972 when three redundant ferries were washed ashore. Salvage efforts failed and the wrecks were left to the vagaries of sun, sea and sand. After almost 40 years there is very little left however there's enough to tell the story of these long lived and hard working vessels...
Dimensions quoted from Ferries of Sydney by Graeme Andrews.
The most intact wreck is the that of the Koondooloo. Once washed ashore the ship was driven higher up the beach with successive storms and sand movement, now she is almost completely covered.
The Koondooloo was built in Leith, Scotland in 1924, she weighed 524 tons and was 58 metres (192 feet) long and had a beam of 11 metres (36 feet).
Between 1924-1932 she operated as one of the largest vehicular ferries crossing SydneyHarbour but was made redundant with the completion of the bridge in 1932. The ship was rebuilt as a showboat and cruised the Harbour until requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy for use as a repair vessel.
After the war the ship was reconverted back into a vehicular ferry to service Newcastle's StocktonHarbour and she was made redundant again with the completion of the bridge in 1971. She was sold with three other ferries to further service in the Philippines but during the tow north encountered a storm and was driven ashore...and here she remains, slowly succumbing to the forces of nature.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.