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Vessel Number: HV000029
Date: 1926
Vessel Dimensions: 13.72 m x 3.65 m x 1.1 m, 26.57 tonnes (45 ft x 12 ft x 3.6 ft, 27 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
QUEENSCLIFFE is a wooden lifeboat built in 1926 in South Australia. It has a long association with the Victorian port of Queenscliff. It was manned voluntarily by their local fishermen and is therefore closely attached to families of the Queenscliff community. It is a rare surviving example of the coastal shore-based lifeboats that were based around the Australian coastline.
DescriptionQUEENSCLIFFE was built in 1926 to a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) design called the Watson Class. The double-diagonal planked vessel was built by A McFarlane and Sons in Port Adelaide SA, commissioned on the 6th of March 1926, and then officially named and launched on the 9th of April 1926.

QUEENSCLIFFE was originally built with two masts, but the mizzen was removed in the 1960s. It had a retractable centreplate fitted and used when under sail. The original Wayburn petrol engine was replaced with a Gardner diesel. This gave QUEENSCLIFFE a top speed of 7.5 knots with a range of 350 miles. The equipment carried aboard included a VHF Radio Telephone, HF radio transceiver, visual signals, life rafts, hand rocket gun, flare gun, generator, search light and first aid supplies.

In the tradition of many shore based lifeboats, QUEENSCLIFFE had its own shed and slipway and was always ready for launching when required to go to sea in response to an emergency call. Its area of operation included 'the Rip' at Port Phillip Heads and the Bass Strait seas immediately offshore.
Vessel Details
Ballast:cast iron
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:steel/iron
Current status:hard stand/cradle
Current status:inside building
Current status:on public display
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:cold mouldedcold-mouldeddouble diagonaltriple diagonaldouble-diagonaltriple-diagonal
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:canoe stern/double endedDE
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:pivoting centreboardswing board
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Motor propulsion:petrol
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Rig type:lug
Sail cloth:cotton
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel

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