Moggill Ferry

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Moggill Ferry, 1928.
Moggill Ferry, 1954.
Moggill Ferry, 2008.

The Moggill Ferry is a cable ferry crossing the Brisbane River between the suburbs of Moggill in Brisbane and Riverview in Ipswich, Queensland Australia. The iconic ferry is owned by Stradbroke Ferries[1] and can carry up to 20 vehicles per crossing.

During floods the ferry is often out of service, forcing motorists to use a dirt road and a narrow single lane bridge across a weir.[2] The ferry is guided across the river by a steel cable which can sometimes led to boating accidents for the unwary.[3]

History[edit]

A ferry service began operations at the site in 1878 when Cobb & Co coaches provided service between Ipswich and Brisbane.[2]

During the 2010–2011 Queensland floods the ferry broke free from its cable guidelines. The suggestion to sink the wayward ferry was raised during the flood crises until the captain and former skipper managed to secure the vessel to the banks of the Brisbane River with ropes.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joel Gould (26 January 2011). "Moggill Ferry heroes". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christine Rossouw (25 October 2010). "Calls for ring road ring in". The Satellite (APN News & Media). Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Man seriously injured after dinghy hits ferry cables". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 28 September 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2011.