The $150 million Rivergate Marina & Shipyard has announced the creation of a 200-metre riverfront boardwalk, to be named the James Holt Ferry Walk.
The vehicle ferry, which formerly operated from the Rivergate site at Queensport Road, was named after Sir James Holt - the architect of Brisbane’s Story Bridge
The original ferry now plies the Brisbane River as party boat, The Island.
Queensland’s first and only fully integrated super yacht marina/shipyard destination, Rivergate is rapidly transforming the Brisbane River bank at Murarrie, adjacent to the Gateway Bridge.
The James Holt Ferry Walk is set to become a mecca for local and visiting “boaties” with plans for riverside restaurants, cafés, and a hotel and tavern part of the Rivergate master plan.
Rivergate’s 104 marina berths will open this January, followed soon after by its hardstand and Refit Complex.
It will also include service berths for yachts up to 70 metres; high speed refuelling and pump out facilities; Queensland’s largest dry boat storage; “dry” marina berths for larger boats; yacht sales showrooms, repairers and much more.
Rivergate Director Stephen Gosling; Brisbane City Council Chairman of the Water and City Businesses and local Councillor, John Campbell; and former Lord Mayor Clem Jones, announced the boardwalk today.
Mr Gosling said that the project was delighted to honour Sir James Holt, as former Lord Mayor Clem Jones had also done when he first commissioned the ferry in 1964.
“Brisbane City Council took delivery in 1965 and it commenced operations from Queensport Road in 1966, servicing the route until 1986”.
“It played a very significant role in transportation in those days and we’re delighted to keep its spirit alive in our project”.
“This is a new and improved usage of the river and will now take the “river city’s” profile to an international audience when completed,” he said.
- The James Holt Ferry was built by Evans Deakin Pty Ltd for £192,000. The ferry was 169’ and powered by 3 twin Rolls Royce diesel marine engines.
- The Lord Mayor Clem Jones officially named the ferry the James Holt Ferry on 15th October 1964. He named it after James Holt as he believed that great people should be remembered.
- The ferry hull was launched on 7th November 1964 by the Lady Mayoress.
- •The ferry’s trials were delayed by several months as the propellers did not arrive from Scotland due to a massive fire at the factory.
- Brisbane City Council officially took delivery of the ferry on 4th October 1965.
- The ferry contract was awarded to Moreton Tug & Barge Company.
- The James Holt Ferry officially went into service on Monday 7th February 1966 at the south bank berth on Queensport Road.
- The James Holt Ferry was manned by a crew of three (3) and had deck accommodation to hold up to 36 vehicles.
- With the opening of the Gateway Bridge on 11th January 1986 the James Holt Ferry became redundant.