Toroa Facts & Figures

Toroa Facts & Figures

The Toroa, the last of the Albatross-type double-ended steam passenger ferries to be built, operated on the Waitemata Harbour between the city of Auckland and the North Shore, mostly on the Devonport run opposite the Makora, replacing The Peregrine.

George Niccol, ship owner & ship builder, St Mary’s Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Ironwork by the Senior Foundry. Machinery installed by H.M. Warner, Quay Foundry, Auckland
 OWNER Devonport Steam Ferry Company Limited
 LAUNCHED 28th April 1925
 DECOMMISSIONED 8th August 1980
Gross Tonnage

130.75  ft 31.4 ft
9.9 ft
309 tons

39.85 m
9.57 m
3.02 m

 ARRANGEMENT Two-decked, double-ended ferry—propeller, rudder & wheelhouse at each end
 CONSTRUCTION Composite: 3-inch (76mm) kauri (Agathis australis) timber planking bolted to steel bulb-angle framing, with steel bulkheads and main-deck beams.
 ENGINE Triple-expansion steam engine, by Aitcheson, Blair Ltd, Clydebank, Scotland.
Stroke 21 in (533 mm); bore 12, 20 & 32 in (305, 508 & 813 mm).
Nominal horse power 51; brake horse power 350
 BOILER Coal-fired ‘Scotch’ marine type, by A. & W. Dalglish, West of Scotland Boiler Works, Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Twin Morrison furnaces. Rivetted construction. Operating pressure 180 psi (12.4 bar; 1241 kpa).
 PROPELLERS Gunmetal, four-bladed. Diameter 6 ft (1.83 m); pitch 9 ft (2.74 m), adjustable. One at each end, shafts directly coupled to each end of the engine crankshaft.
 SPEED 11.25 knots at trials
Crew:              Four—skipper, deck-hand, engineer, stoker
Passengers:  1221 river limits (enclosed water limits) ; 682 extended river limits (inshore water limits)

Above:  Arrangement plan for Toroa‘s Scottish-made machinery, all under Job No.149

Top:  General arrangement of the new ferry for the DSFCo