Posted by on 20 September 2013 | Comments
SS Toroa is the last of eight Albatross-type steam passenger ferries built between 1904 & 1925 to work between Auckland City and the North Shore on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. She spent her life working the Devonport run in tandem with the SS Makora and later with the Kestrel conveying people (20,000 a day at peak between them) across the harbour.
1923 11 October
Tenders close for the Devonport Steam Ferry Company’s new ferry to be constructed alternatively in wood and steel.
George Niccol contracted to build a ferry for the Devonport Steam Ferry Co. on the model of The Peregrine.
Triple-expansion engine and fittings for the new ferry ordered from Aitcheson, Blair Ltd. of Scotland.