|Namesake:||Northern royal albatross|
|Launched:||28 April 1925|
|Out of service:||8 August 1980|
|Length:||130.75 ft (39.85 m)|
|Beam:||31.4 ft (9.6 m)|
|Draft:||9.9 ft (3.0 m)|
|Installed power:||Aitcheson, Blair Ltd Triple-expansion steam engine 51 horsepower (38 kW)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
Toroa, named for the northern royal albatross, is an Albatross-class passenger ferry that served Auckland, New Zealand, primarily travelling between the Devonport and Auckland CBD ferry terminals. Together with her sister ship Makora, she ferried about 20,000 passengers a day, until taken out of service in 1980.
The ferry was purchased by the New Zealand Maritime Trust. A volunteer group, the Toroa Preservation Society, worked towards a restoration. However, the well-restored vessel sank in 1998 at Birkenhead Wharf in a storm. Recovered, the ferry now[when?] sits on land in Henderson, where restoration work is continuing slowly but regularly.
Other Albatross-class ferries include
- The Peregrine
- Falconer, Phoebe (26 June 2010). "Observatory director behind Toroa Preservation Society". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- "Kestrel ferry to be restored after "near-death experience"". Stuff.co.nz. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
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