Former Manly ferry Baragoola sinks in Sydney Harbour

The crumbling wreck of the former Manly ferry that sunk in Sydney Harbour will likely be dismantled before it’s pulled from the water, as the state’s transport agency says it will attempt to save heritage items from the vessel.

The 99-year-old MV Baragoola is rapidly breaking apart in the bay beside the coal loading wharf at Waverton on the lower north shore, where the privately owned ferry was inundated with water late on Saturday night.

Sydneysiders have lamented the demise of the Baragoola, which ferried passengers between Manly and Circular Quay for six decades before making its last official voyage in 1983. It was stripped of its heritage listing in 2010.

A spokesman for Transport for NSW, which is managing the salvage operation, said the ferry would likely be “carefully segmented” so it could be safely pulled from the water. It was unlikely it could be re-floated.

“Ultimately, our aim is to remove the wreck as quickly as possible,” the spokesman said.

“Once the wreck has been salvaged, materials will be recycled where appropriate, while Transport for NSW will seek to retain any heritage items, like the Baragoola’s propeller, helm, bell, or anchors.”

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