Cartela Restoration - An update

Event Dates
Event/Exhibition location
Royal Society Room

Presented by Tim Oxley
12 noon, 4 April 2023, Royal Society Room TMAG


Cartela (Aboriginal for 'bull seal') was the last and largest river steamer built in Hobart primarily for passenger service. The 194-ton gross, 37-metre vessel was completed by Purdon and Featherstone, Battery Point, in 1912 for the Huon, Channel and Peninsula Steamship Company. It operated passenger and freight services to the Tasman Peninsula and D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

After over 100 years of service carrying many Tasmanians and visitors, Cartela was given to the Cartela Trust on behalf of all Tasmanians. It has been at Franklin on the Huon River since 2014. 

This presentation will bring attendees up to date with the Cartela Restoration Project, specifically the recent support announced by the Tasmanian Premier, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff and the next steps in the project.


Tim Oxley is the Project Manager for the Cartela Restoration Project. He previously managed the Margate Marina and has been on the organising committee of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival since 2008.