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Corrugated iron dinghy

Vessel Number: HV000016
Date: c 1930
Previous Owner: Neville Roberts ,
Vessel type: Tinnies
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 2.62 m x 0.92 m (8.6 ft x 3 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
The corrugated iron dinghy was built in the Bendigo Castlemain region at an unknown date. It is an example of a small inland vessel and represents the resourcefulness and self-reliance of country Australians with their ability to adapt the materials they were familair with to other purposes.


DescriptionOutback Australia has a number of river and lake waterways, and many areas can expect major flooding at irregular intervals. This corrugated iron dinghy was used for duck shooting, fishing and flood relief in inland Victoria. It was probably built by a local tinsmith in the Bendigo/Castlemaine region and the hull combines the expected features and look of a boat, with the use of agricultural materials and connections for its assembly. It could be rowed or poled along and used like a punt.

Like many bush implements, it eventually went out of use and was abandoned on the property. In this case it ended up beside a fence and was a handy 'trampoline' for the family dog Felix to use as a spring board to get over the fence. It is referred to colloquially as a corrugated iron dinghy, however by the time this craft was made, iron had been replaced by steel, but the original term still remains in use.
Vessel Details
Current status:inside building
Current status:non-floating
Current status:non-operational
Deck layout:open
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:oar
Hull material and construction:steel
Hull shape:chines
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans

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