Toroa’s last run

1980 8 August


Toroas last morning on the Devonport run, then the final voyage of her working life to the double-ender Death Row in St Marys Bay. Captain Steve Buttling, Engineer Tommy Fergusson and Mate Damon Heath; the stoker was Tom’s son. The Captain  remarked, Goodbye old dear, I am grateful I was your skipper. Toroa’s marine certificate of survey—her ‘warrant of fitness’—expired this day.

Toroa at Devonport towards the end of her working life. © Steve Buttling
Death row at the Western reclamation. Toroa Preservation Society Collection