Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Home / Maritime / Volunteers needed to restore former Navy vessel

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Volunteers needed to restore former Navy vessel

fast motor boat restoration

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust has put the call out for shipwright volunteers to help overhaul the historic Fast Motor Boat, a former Australian Navy vessel now displayed at Cockatoo Island.

The ‘Fast Motor Boat 45802’, or Captain's Launch, is the only remaining cabined example of this type of vessel in Australia. The 36-foot long timber boat was originally built in 1945 by Vospers in England. It is one of two vessels acquired by the Australian Navy in 1947 to serve as the Captains’ launches to the aircraft carriers, HMAS Sydney (1948-73) and HMAS Melbourne (1955-83). 

Advertisement
Advertisement

The boat has an innovative construction involving double diagonal mahogany planks, copper nailed with a linseed oiled canvas layer between, resulting in a strong vessel that is relatively light in weight.

The Harbour Trust volunteer team restored and launched the vessel in 2010, including installing a new engine, overhaul of the propeller shaft and steering, re-finishing of the original woodwork, a complete overhaul of the electrical system and a fresh coat of paint.

It is now time to overhaul this historic vessel again and the Harbour Trust is looking for volunteers with shipwright or boat building skills to join the team.

"Regular restoration of the Fast Motor Boat ensures its preservation and make this historic vessel available for everyone to enjoy," said Harbour Trust chief executive Mary Darwell.

"Joining the restoration team is a unique and rewarding experience, with volunteers based at the extraordinary Cockatoo Island location."

Harbour Trust volunteers, who all work within their own teams and also become part of the 250 strong Harbour Trust volunteer team, are given a uniform and enjoy social opportunities, information sessions and other benefits. The role would particularly suit a local to the area. 

To apply, visit the Harbour Trust websiteThe workshop is based at Cockatoo Island with volunteers generally attending one day a week. All equipment and tools are provided.

Volunteers needed to restore former Navy vessel
Fast-Motor-Boat-restoration.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

May 26 2019
PM announces new look Defence portfolio appointments
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has officially revealed his new look Cabinet and Ministerial team with...
07:12
Defence Industry plays a key role in Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19
Australia’s defence industry capability has played a key role in the 2019 iteration of Indo-Pacifi...
07:12
US acquisition for Serco increases naval systems offering
Serco Asia Pacific has welcomed Serco Group’s acquisition of the Naval Systems Business Unit (NSBU...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network