Surprise (paddle steamer)
|Launched:||14 March 1831|
|Length:||58 ft (18 m)|
Surprise was the first paddle steamer, and the first steam powered vessel, built and run in Australia. It was built possibly on the Parramatta River, by shipbuilder Henry Gilbert, and launched in Sydney on 14 March 1831. Its first voyage was on 1 June on the Parramatta River. It was 58 feet long.
On 30 May, Surprize [sic] advertised a service to Parramatta. At that time ferry services were not advertised in Sydney. Sophia Jane advertised the first cruise on 13 June. From 8 August, Surprise published a timetable in the Sydney Herald.
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