Toroa (ferry)

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Namesake: Northern royal albatross
Owner: Devonport Steam Ferry Company Limited
New Zealand Maritime Trust
Builder: George Niccol
Launched: 28 April 1925
Out of service: 8 August 1980
General characteristics
Tonnage: 309 GT
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)
Capacity: 1221 passengers river limits
682 passengers extended river limits
Crew: 4

Toroa, named for the northern royal albatross, is an Albatross-class passenger ferry that used to serve Auckland, New Zealand, primarily travelling between the Devonport, New Zealand and Auckland CBD ferry terminals. Together with her sister ship Makora, she ferried about 20,000 passengers a day, until she was taken out of service in 1980.[1]

The ferry has since been purchased by the New Zealand Maritime Trust, and a volunteer group, the Toroa Preservation Society, is working 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.[1]

Other Albatross-class ferries include

  • Albatross
  • Kestrel
  • The Peregrine
  • Ngoiro
  • Makora


  1. ^ a b Falconer, Phoebe (26 June 2010). "Observatory director behind Toroa Preservation Society". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 

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