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michael & peter roche & MV Cartela


Navigators is a family owned and operated cruise company, delivering ferry transport services and local cruise experiences on the River Derwent and Tasman Peninsula from Brooke St Pier in Hobart since 1951.

Servicing some of the Tasmania’s most popular tourist attractions with quality water based transport services for over 30 years, Navigators team offer a range of experiences to visitors and locals alike.

Whether cruising to a popular local destination or event aboard of our fast ferries, or chartering a vessel for a special celebration, Navigators have a passionate team with local knowledge and expertise to deliver.

Our History

With a long history on Hobart’s waterways the Roche brothers started working on boats and dredges in the early 1920's. In 1941 Colin Roche with his brothers Bill and Max bought the steam vessel Ena and worked in the fishing industry. The brothers made history when they developed the long line method for catching crayfish with 10 pots clipped on one line. They were also the first to develop live tanks instead of wells on fishing boats, for keeping fish alive.

In 1946 they brought the Toorah from the Hobart Marine Board and fitted a diesel engine, which was the first diesel in a fishing boat in Tasmania . The Toorah transported the first bulldozer to Port Davey for the tin mining operations of Denny King. In 1951, the Roche brothers purchased five river steamers from H. Jones & Co. Ltd, IXL Hobart. These vessels Cartela, Marana, Excella, Breone and Bass were used for a number of years for river transport.

Max's sons, Peter, Michael and John are continuing the family's reputation on the Derwent boasting Hobart's largest fleet including the most modern high speed catamarans (some named after the original vessels). The personalised service is still there and the reputation is still strong.

All of Navigators experiences are delivered with passion, enthusiasm and commitment and above all with a love for Hobart's spectacular Derwent River and the surrounding waterways.

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This website is owned and operated by Michael Colin Roche
and Derwent Cruises Pty Ltd, trading as Navigators.