1973 Norman Wright 60 foot MV Brisbane Star ex Ferry

1973 Norman Wright 60 foot MV Brisbane Star ex Ferry

1973 Norman Wright 60 foot MV Brisbane Star ex Ferry

Launched 1973 as “Golden Bellbird” and built by Norman Wright & Sons for Golden Mile Ferries, “Golden Bellbird” was one of 9 Ferries operating on the Brisbane River until Golden Mile Ferries ceased operation in 1991. Brisbane City replaced the ferry run with faster and more efficient ferries, which of course still run today as City Cats and the smaller Kitty Cats.

“Golden Bellbird” was acquired (year unknown) by Brisbane Star Cruises and renamed “MV Brisbane Star” and operated a number of years as a party cruise boat until they upgraded their vessel and now operate as Brisbane Party Cruises.

MV Brisbane Star is now waiting for her next adventure.

In Operation photos: 4 photos via tripadvisor, 1 via shipspotting



ON LINE AUCTION Bidding to commence on  Friday 21st January 2022 and Close Thursday 27th January 2022 2PM.

Located, Gold Coast.


Launched 1973

Built by Norman Wright and Sons as Golden Bellbird

LOA  19.98 m

Beam 5.28m

Draft 1.m

Carvel Hull Passenger Ferry

Spotted Gum over Ironbark Frames and Keel

Displacement approx 38 tonnes

Engine : SCANIA DS11 149kw 6cyl Diesel

Hours approx. 13,000

Nagata Transmission

Mechanical Steering

Morse Controls in pilothouse

Fixed 3 Blade Bronze Propeller

2 x 410 Steel Diesel Tanks

1 x 75L Water Tank

2 x 20L Holding tank

20kg Anchor

24/240V with shore power

2 x N200 start Batteries

Smart Battery Charger

2 x Bilge Pumps with auto float switch manual override

Lowrance depth sounder not connected

Quantity life jackets and fire extinguishers expiry unknown

Sold Unregistered

Contact Warren for short video of engine running


Some additional photos on Marine Auction website or all photos and report contact,

Warren Harmer 0418 776 939, warren@marineauctions.com.au

Inspections by appointment, Gold Coast

Online Auction Terms, Buyers Premium 7.5% excluding GST applies. 10% Deposit at the close of the Online Auction, and balance of the purchase price to be paid in full at settlement on or before Wednesday 2nd February 2022, to be sold in AUD DOLLARS.

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