Sophia Jane

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Sophia Jane
Sophia Jane
Builder: William Elias Evans
In service: 1828
Out of service: 1845
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Paddle steamer
Tonnage: 153 tons
Length: 126 ft (38 m) (deck)
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Installed power: 50 hp (37 kW) steam engine
Sail plan: brig

Sophia Jane was the first paddle steamer to operate in coastal waters of NSW. She was built in England and arrived in Sydney in May 1831. Sophia Jane advertised on 13 June 1831 the first Australian steamship cruise to be held on 17 June in the Sydney Herald.[1]

Sophia Jane was a 256-ton brig rigged steamer. She was an auxiliary steamer, like all the early steamers, using her paddle wheels only when winds were inadequate or contrary.[2]


  1. ^ MacAuslan, Duncan (July 2001). "Sources of Timetables for Sydney Ferries" (pdf). The Times. Australian Association of Time Table Collectors. 18 (7): 13. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  2. ^ Lee, Robert (2003). "Linking a Nation: Australia's Transport and Communications 1788 - 1970". Australian Heritage Commission. Chapter 2: Ports and Shipping, 1788-1970.