Restoring Sydney’s working harbour heritage
A true icon of Sydney Harbour and the “mother” of the Rosman Cruises fleet, Radar is being meticulously restored under the skilled care of the Noakes Group team. Built of Australian hardwood and originally launched in 1947, this classic will soon return to lead the Rosman Cruises fleet of vintage ferries.
Radar has a strong social connection with Sydney Harbour and for decades she plied routes along the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, and was the spectator ferry for the Sydney Flying Squadron 18-foot skiff races. The spectator ferries were periodically raided by the Gaming Squad on suspicion of harbouring illegal gambling activities, and in 1972, Radar became the first Sydney ferry to be granted a liquor licence.
The restoration project is well underway, and an opportunity to learn traditional boatbuilding techniques for the Noakes team of apprentice shipwrights. Noakes Group currently employs seven apprentices in a bid to invest in the future and fill a global skills shortage in the marine industry. Noakes has undertaken a commitment to train young tradespeople throughout their apprenticeships, as well as offering tool grants and individually tailored modular training plans to develop specialised skills.
The project plan includes re-splining the hull, sheathing the exterior and installation of an original 8LXB 113HP Gardner engine. The engine has been completely re-built and will be a showpiece feature inside glass casing, visible to patrons to admire the heart of the vessel in operation.
Radar is scheduled for re-launch in early 2020, and will re-join the fleet of Rosman vessels which are available for private charter and spectator events on Sydney Harbour. To experience Rosman Cruises for yourself, enquire about a private charter or join our 2019 ticketed cruises on Boxing Day or New Years Eve – tickets available here.