Hobart’s Cartela is unusual in many ways. Without a single break she has provided the people of southern Tasmania with one of the most enduring and reliable forms of transport and communication. Cartela holds the record as the vessel in longest continuous current commercial service in the world. Cartela is also one of the oldest timber passenger carrying screw driven vessels in Australia and holds a host of other distinctions.

Originally steam powered, the owners (Tasmania’s Roche Brothers) intend to return her to her former glory in this centenary year. The vessel marked the occasion by leaving Brooke Street Pier for a two hour Centenary Cruise with a fitting 100 members of the public on board.

There is something timeless about wood, the tilted decks, the drop windows and the honourable smell of time. Her striking dark green paint serves to further add to the charm of this treasured vessel.

As owner Peter Roche has said, “A lot of harbours around the world that would love to have a vessel like the Cartela amongst their fleet”, and sitting as it does near the square rigger ‘The Lady Nelson’ our harbourside just oozes touchable history.

The Cartela at anchor waiting for its refurb and re-engine

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