Heritage Boat Collection from 1895
Historic collection of boats, skiffs and launches from Port Jackson and surrounds
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The Small Boat collection of the Sydney Heritage Fleet is representative of craft seen on NSW waters at various periods going back to the early settlement of Port Jackson.
A number of these boats are maintained in sailing condition, while others are on permanent display indoors at Wharf 7, Pyrmont.
Prior to 1800 the boats of the Royal Navy and a small yawl built in Sydney Cove were the only means of transport available in the young colony. All of the early exploration of the Parramatta, Hawkesbury and Georges Rivers, and the coast as far south as Port Hacking and Lake Illawarra, were undertaken in these small but rugged craft.
The Fleet has a unique collection of replica boats, which were built to re-enact early voyages. These include the longboat used by Captain Bligh on his epic voyage to Timor after the Bounty mutiny in 1783; Tom Thumb II in which Bass and Flinders explored the NSW coast as far as Lake Illawarra in 1796; and a First Fleet jollyboat based on plans of 1781.
Since the early days of the colony open sailing skiffs, of local design and manufacture, have been immensely popular. The best known of the skiff classes is the "18 footer", but 16ft and 12ft classes were also popular.
The collection includes representative examples of craftsman-built wooden skiffs from the heydays of the above classes. The best known of these is the 1924 18ft skiff Yendys (Sydney spelt backwards), which has been completely restored and is on display fully rigged.
Other Sailing Craft
The collection features a number of highly developed local designs like the Vaucluse Juniors and Seniors (VJs and VSs), and small sailing and racing yachts.
Motor Boats and other Small Boats
Also featured are rowing and motor boats, of the types commonly made by local builders and used on regional waterways, racing and pleasure skiffs, surfboats, dinghies, small motor boats and launches, pilots whaleboats and ships' lifeboats.
For further information contact the Small Boat Registrar on 02 9298 3850 or email email@example.com
Last modified on Friday, 01-Mar-2013 14:34:54 EST