Westwind

Chris and Gilli Dicker

WESTWIND AND THE WINDS OF FATE

Since Westwind was relaunched 10 or 11 years ago she has not had a lot of rest. Her new custodians have driven her and been driven by her from latitudes 10 degrees to latitudes 43. Anyhow, I think when a boat is idle she is not resting she is sulking.

The boat may not have a soul, that is possibly fanciful, but she certainly has a presence, an attitude. 20 years ago, after the archaeological deconstruction had already began, I sat in the bilge of Westwind covered in the dross and grime of years of sad neglect and thought ' here is a boat I could really love'. After an eight-year rebuild she is a good strong boat again.

She was built by Jock Muir over a two year period in his parents back yard at Battery Point, Hobart and launched in 1937; 36'x11'x6'6”, planks and ribs are huon pine. She was originally a ketch but now sails very well as a cutter.

We had completed our third trip from Cairns to Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and spent time down channel as far as Recherche Bay, crossing Storm Bay to Port Arthur then up the east coast of Tassie and west coast of Flinders Island and onto Deal Island in the Kent Group. Deal was on our bucket list and we were blessed with a week of good weather. We left Deal with a falling barometer but a reasonable forecast, we must have missed the small print because we did get a bit of a blow. We had already decided to sail due north to Lakes Entrance where we arrived some seven hours before daylight. Here was an interesting study as we hove to under a double reefed mainsl' with the tiller lashed to leeward about 3 miles off the entrance in the dying breeze. We scribed an almost perfect circle about 1 mile across as the wind went around the compass. Daylight and we entered this amazing waterway for the first time. It was a long weekend and perfect weather so Lakes Entrance was buzzing, there was simply nowhere to tie up so we thought we might go ' further up'. We could not believe what opened up before us and then there was Paynesville.

We have always said we would sail around until we found a place where the soil was good and the people were friendly and always thought this would be in the tropics. Those winds of fate kept us in the lakes for 2 weeks, long enough to be embraced by the Paynesville people and the charm of the lakes.

We have made Cairns our base for almost 7 years but insisted that we were only passing through. The Louisiades archipelago, in PNG is on our doorstep only 500 miles across the Coral Sea and the Solomons only another 200 miles further and we sailed there three times. The reef is half a day sail away and Westwind would often be anchored behind a favourite cay. The winter temperatures in Cairns can get down below 20 degrees and the days only reaching 24 or 25, so bring warm clothes we tell people visiting from south! 

Whenever there is a major decision to be made we sit propped up in our cozy fore cabin with paper and clipboard passing fors and againsts, to and fro. This time it would be a big decision indeed; to move from the far northern tropics to the far southern not tropics and what's more to move ashore after 12 years of living afloat. 

We did sail back to Cairns to fulfill commitments but not before anchoring ourselves to a few acres at Newlands Arm, near Paynesville. We look forward to being part of your friendly community.

Marloo - Winner Best Classic Boat 2016

Marloo, the worlds first H28 was built here in Australia.

Launched in 1944 and sailed at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club where she won many races, the Marloo then moved to the Gippsland Lakes in the 1950's. Currently owned by Graham Young she underwent a major refurbishment in 2002. Full details of the refurbishment can be found in a 5 page article in the October 2002 edition of The Cruising Helmsman.

 

Since the major rebuild, additional work has been done.

  • Complete replacement of engine bearers and the installation of a new Yanmar 3YM20 and new controls.
  • New engine housing, battery housing etc..
  • New upgraded Prop shaft, seals, skeg and fitment of a GORI propeller.
  • All electrics replaced
  • New custom made water and fuel tanks in S/S 316 under bunks in saloon.
  • galley remodelled and bunks renewed..
  • Refrigeration installed
  • New GME VHF Radio and Fusion Bluetooth entertainment system installed within last 3 months

Some significant cabin repairs were made in 2014 after which her hull was repainted and her brightwork and mast were refinished in Awlwood to give her the appearance she has today.

 

Tiger Moth

Come and see this beauty sweep down the McMillan Straits Paynesville at 11am on Saturday March 5th 2016

 

Dave Knowles of Bandicoot Adventure Flights will be operating out of Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale both days of the Rally, get in early to secure a flight of a lifetime. Details can be found on his website 

www.bandicootadventureflights.com.au

           de Havilland Tiger Moth 1931-1945

           de Havilland Tiger Moth 1931-1945

The Tiger Moth is an open tandem cockpit biplane. The fuselage is constructed of steel tubing and covered in a combination of fabric and thin plywood. The wings and tail plane are constructed of timber and covered in fabric. The de Havilland Tiger Moth became the basic trainer aircraft for the Commonwealth Air Forces just prior to and during World War 2. The RAAF had around 100 Tiger Moths stationed at Temora NSW as their principal training base during the war.

De Havilland manufactured 8,811 DH 82A Tiger Moths between 1931 and 1945. A total of seven countries produced the Tiger Moth (England, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). De Havilland in Australia built a total of 1,085 Tiger Moths, 500 of which were exported to other countries. After retirement from active war time service, Tiger Moths began to come on the civilian market and were quickly snapped up by enthusiasts and flying clubs. These superb little aircraft were to remain in short supply, for in the early post-war years very few new light planes were available.


 

Many Tiger Moths in Australia and New Zealand were used to pioneer the technique of top-dressing and later, of crop spraying, leading to the current worldwide mass production of purpose-built agricultural aircraft.

Even today, Australia has one of the largest collections of flyable Tiger Moths still on the civil register. Whatever magic there is in having the wind whip by one’s ears in an open cockpit, the de Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth must have it in abundance as it still captures the imagination of most aviation enthusiasts.

Bark Canoes

The Gunaikurnai people settled in the Gippsland Lakes area some 18,000 years ago. They continue to have an active long term commitment to the conservation and management of the Gippsland Lakes. Of the Tatungoloong Clan, one of five East Gippsland clans to occupy the land and waters between the northern lake boundaries and the Ninety Mile Beach, the Binnejarra Boul Boul was a smaller family of the Tatungoloong clan and occupied Raymond Island. For thousands of years the bark canoes ferried people to the Island.

Pencil sketches of the local craft displayed at Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place

artist Michael Fox - Paynesville

Raymond Island was a popular hunting ground with an abundance of wildlife, fish, shellfish, plants and swans eggs. Evidence of indigenous involvement with the Island can be found today in shellfish middens, scarred trees used for canoes, food gathering implements and shields.

Scarred gum from which canoe bark has been cut.

Scarred gum from which canoe bark has been cut.

Information gathered by Michael Fox - Paynesville

The Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a division of Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC) and provides cultural and tourism services to community organisations and local schools, with information about the Indigenous heritage and culture of the Gunaikurnai people of Gippsland.

The Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place provides an amazing insight into the indigenous history and Culture of this area, and is a highlight of any East Gippsland visit. The museum can be found at 37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875. Telephone 03 5152 1891

 

Kinross - Runner Up Best Renovation/Restoration 2016

"Kinross” is a carvel timber motor launch designed by William S. Hand and built by Jack Allen in Brighton Victoria, launched in 1927. Dimensions are approximately 38 feet in length, 10 feet in beam & 2 feet, 6 inch in draft.

Constructed in New Zealand Kauri planking and fully restored by Pompei Bros of Mordiallic, Victoria in 1998 including upgrading structural integrity and improved fit-out. A Yamaha 75 hp, 3 cylinder, turbo charged marine diesel was fitted in 2000. To improve longevity the hull was dynel sheathed below the waterline.

Kinross has again been restored, internally remodelled, refitted and refurbished in 2015 and so, with some regular minor maintainance, should see her 100 year anniversary in 2027 in basically original and top condition. 

She has generally been used recreationally, however, was volunteered as a Patrol Boat on Port Philip Bay during World War 2.

Kinross has been moored at Metung for the past 18 years. 

I am constantly researching her history, so if anyone has knowledge or suggestions as to where to find further information, it would be appreciated. 

 

Lady Margret

Formerly TSMV Tanda, Esmeralda & Ralda, The Lady Margret

Built 1927 for Mr Reginald A. Prevost of the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW based at Rose Bay, Sydney.

Sold to a fellow member of the Royal Motor Yacht Squadron in 1935 and was lost to historians from this time until November 2015.

Tireless searching by historians has discovered that the Tanda became "The Esmeralda" and was requisitioned by the Australian Navy in about 1940 and saw service in Northern Australia and PNG during WW2. 

After the war she was sold as war surplus, now known as "Ralda" bought by Mr. L. Coleman of Mackay Qld. and used as a tourist vessel to cruise the Whitsunday Islands.

She was sold to a Mr Markwell in Sydney in about 1956. He fitted her with Perkins diesels.

Sold on some years later, she returned to Brisbane and gradually deteriorated until she was sold to Simon Kyle-Little of Arafura Safaris in Darwin and used to take international big game hunters to Arnhem Land from Darwin to shoot buffalo.

In 1996 the current owner, Mal Howarth of Raymond Island purchased the vessel, in very poor shape, transported her overland from Darwin to Paynesville and despite not knowing her history undertook a total restoration to the condition she is in today.

Recently rediscovered The Tanda, Esmeralda, Ralda, Lady Margaret is creating a lot of interest in classic timber boat circles and is a great example of dedicated enthusiasts keeping these important historical vessels alive.

FINDING THE TANDA. (Lady Margret)

Extract. The Hobart Mercury 1st August 1927:

" A Magnificent Craft. 45Ft Motor Boat for Sydney. Credit to Tasmania."
"Designed by Tasmanian's, built by Tasmanian's of Tasmanian Material, the 45Ft Motor Boat Tanda which is ready for launching on Mr Coverdale's slip at Battery Point is a credit to her designer, her builders, and the State. A fine vessel in every way she is the smartest Motor Boat yet launched on the Derwent and will be equal to the best on Sydney Harbour. "

The TSMV TANDA was designed by Alfred Blore and built by Percy Coverdale at Battery Point in 1927, she was built to the order of Reginald A. Prevost, a prominent architect of Sydney and member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club of New South Wales based at Rose Bay, Sydney.

TANDA left Hobart on Friday 12th of August 1927 and arrived in Sydney on the 18th of August 1927. Under the command of Commander Lowther R.N. Mr R.A Prevost (Owner) 
Mr A.C Jephson. Mr D. J. Robertson (Engineer) Mr A Yarrow.

In October 1935 the TANDA was sold to Claude Carter also a Member of the Royal Motor Yacht Squadron.

This is the point in time is where the TANDA disappeared, until now she remained lost to Tasmania and Maritime Historians.

THE SEARCH

A search of the newspapers around the time Reginald Prevost sold the TANDA to Claude Carter, with the hope that she was sold to a fellow member of the RMYC, revealed a large launch registered to C. Carter by the name of ESMERALDA.

Claude Carter renamed TANDA, the ESMERALDA. 
ESMERALDA is last mentioned attending a rally for the RMYC in 1937.

ESMERALDA disappears again in the years before WW2.

ESMERALDA was requisitioned by the Navy for WW2 around 1940. Said to be used as an “Air Force Rescue Boat”.

June 1946 ESMERALDA was sold as war surplus and acquired by L. Coleman of Mackay QLD then used as a tourist vessel to cruise the Whitsunday Islands.

Q. Was the ESMERALDA was still in Queensland?

A. Face Book post to the Moreton Bay Cruisers Group QLD about the Tanda and her story so far, was responded to by Helena Baddiley of Brisbane who wrote:

"Roy Markwell RIP had a vessel named Esmeralda that looked very much like the vessel in the photos. It was twin screw with 6cyl Perkins diesels and a good turn of speed. It was moored at Roy's riverfront home at McConnel St Bulimba just upstream from Roy's engineering business Markwell Bros. This would have been in the 1950s and 1960s from memory"
The phone directory still listed a Markwell Bros Engineering at Bulimba, Brisbane.
Answering the phone for Markwell Bros was Roy's nephew Stuart Markwell.
Stuart remembered ESMERALDA, but recollected a larger boat that the Tanda's measurements?
"My cousin Lonnie has a better memory; I will contact her"
Lonnie Newbery became an excited participant in the search for her father’s boat and while her pictures of the boat were lost in the 1974 Brisbane Floods, Lonnie was gracious enough to contact her big sister Robbyn Forster in Mornington Vic. 
Robbyn emailed two wonderful pictures of the ESMERALDA. One in 1957 and again in 1961.
Lonnie Newbery remembrances of ESMERALDA:
"I remember that Dad bought her from Vic Johnson who used to live on the riverside at Fairfield about 1956. He sold her in the '61.
Dad put a P6 and S6 Perkins in her. He added more rake to her bow and when this was finished she was waterline length of 49'6", thus remaining under 50' to avoid heftier rules and regs of the era
As far as I can recall, she was taken up north, renamed Ralda. At the time I saw her, 
I recognized the bevelled glass in the wheelhouse. Mind you I could have been mistaken but the fact that the vessel was named Ralda sort of clinched it for me.
That was back in the late eighties at Hamilton Island when I was game fishing"
Armed with Robbyn's picture of ESMERALDA and the knowledge that she may well be in Queensland waters, another post to the FB Morton Bay Cruisers Group was posted.
Written late at night and thinking that it would be amazing luck to receive another response as quickly and as helpful as Helena Baddiley's, low and behold the next morning at 7.43 this response from Peter Medling, with a rather grainy picture attached, Peter wrote:
"I know she is hard to see. A very similar Boat moored on Raymond Island on the Gippsland Lakes. Never seen her move. Not sure of her name. But will get a better pic on the Weekend"
Pictured amongst a group of boats, taken from the mainland looking across to Raymond Island was the unmistakable profile of the TANDA / ESMERALDA.
Renamed the LADY MARGARET the TSMV TANDA now resides in the Gippsland Lakes, berthed at Raymond Island.
After speaking to the owner of LADY MARGARET, there is a whole new chapter of her history yet to be discovered.
The TANDA left Hobart in Aug 1927, went missing for 80 years, found again in 2015.

The Curator of the Australian Maritime Museum in Hobart unearthed this wonderful news clipping of a wedding ceremony and Honeymoon held on board Tanda in 1934

David Payne
Curator ARHV
Australian National Maritime Museum
Darling Harbour
2 Murray StreetNSW2000
+61292983664   

Shamrock

A Classic L. Francis Herreschoff H28 ketch

Built in Hobart by two cabinet makers under the watchful guidance of Jock Muir. We believe Shamrock was completed and fitted out at Max Crease boatyard at Battery Point and launched in 1952. Some further fitting out took place in Devonport. Her departure from Tasmanian waters occurred when she was sold to Michael and Margory Sullivan, who sailed her to Sandringham on Port Phillip Bay. After several years she was sold to Lex Bell, a member at Sandringham Yacht Club. He sailed the boat in club events and undertook cruises to Stanley and Refuge Cove, Wilsons Promontory. 

In February 1976 she was purchased by Dean Langford. This began a long period of her life in care of the Langford family at Williamstown. Sailing extensively on Port Phillip Bay, Dean taught his two sons Neil and Peter the joys of H28 sailing. Many summer family holidays were spent at Sorrento accompanied by Shamrock moored close by. She became a familiar sight all over the Bay as father, sons and friends enjoyed numerous days sailing and weekends away on the Bay. In 2001 Rod Fuller, a close friend of Dean became part owner in Shamrock This marked the beginning of a very rewarding partnership that continues to this day.

Patricia Anne

Patricia Anne was built by Pompei Shipwrights in 1976 for Morris Jacobs. Morris was known for his menswear shops at the time. The boat was based at Bermagui for Morris’s game fishing activities. The boat was sold in late 80’s and moved to Brisbane. She was refitted in 1990 by Norman Wright’s including a new coach house. She is now a bridge deck cruiser. Interior was done in Qld maple and does not resemble a Pompei interior in any way. The boat is perfect for us as an entertainer with the large walk through cabin to aft deck area.

The hull is South African teak[Iroko], 35mm planks. 40’ overall, 12’6” beam, 3’6”draft. 14 tonne. Typically builtsolidly with a very large hog and ribs at 8 inches apart. Built for Bass Straight, JackPompei said that you could drop her and she won’t break. Fuel capacity 1800 litres, Water 400 litres. 4 berths + 2 settee berths. 

Mechanical’s are two Bedford 330 diesels with Detroit marine fresh water cooling conversion. Fitted with Borg Warner Velvet Drives.  She is unbelievably economical at 14 litres per hr [combined] at 7 knots, as the hull is easily driven, even on one engine. Cruise 8 knots, max 10 knots. 

We bought the boat in 2011 and had her trucked down from Coffs Harbour. Interesting exercise. We have been upgrading gradually over the time and now a comfortable home away from home. New galley and diesel heatermade a huge difference. 

Patricia Anne is currently owned by Peter Brennan. 

 

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