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Vessel Number: HV000049
Date: 1911
Vessel Dimensions: 8.41 m x 7.16 m x 2.08 m x 0.73 m (27.6 ft x 23.5 ft x 6.8 ft x 2.4 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
CREST is a motor launch built in 1911 by Freddie Dent at his Huskisson NSW boatyard, on Currambene Creek. It was used as a fishing vessel on Jervis Bay by Jack Rossen for almost 50 years. It is the only surviving example of the many Jervis Bay launches built by Dent who was well known in the region as one of the principal boat builders in the early 1900s. The hull retains considerable original integrity and shows features that were hallmarks of his construction.
DescriptionCREST is an 8.41 m (27 ft 6 in), carvel planked vessel built for a Danish born fisherman, Jack Rossen. He named it NINON after his wife Stella Ninon Moon. It is planked in local hardwoods, and built with a counter stern and plumb stem, features that were typical for the era.

The NINON was used in Jervis Bay, nearby St Georges Basin and along that region's coast. Rossen owned the vessel until his death in 1957, and after that NINON went through a succession of owners and changes. The most significant alteration was the addition of a raised deck forward and wheelhouse at midships. The hull however is virtually unchanged and apart from repairs has a considerable amount of original material. The new owners replaced the original petrol motor to a diesel and the launch was renamed CREST.

Freddie Dent and his brother Joseph Dent constructed a number of launches similar to NINON and they were common to the Jervis Bay area. A number of images survive to show their typical details, but NINON is the only one of these craft that remains extant to show his typical construction. This includes his hallmark arrangement of an additional stern post at the aperture for the propeller that also forms a bollard post on deck.

Joseph Dent also built the ferry LADY DENMAN in the same year, and both are now preserved at the Lady Denman Heritage Complex in Huskisson, on the western shore of Jervis Bay.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:non-floating
Current status:non-operational
Current status:on public display
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:models
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ship:ships:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Additional Titles

Previous title: Ninon

Primary title: Crest

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