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Lady Hopetoun

Vessel Number: HV000004
Date: 1902
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 23.47 m x 4.22 m x 2.06 m, 29.52 tonnes (77.01 ft x 13.85 ft x 6.76 ft, 29.05 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 38.8Tons
Engine dimensions: 254 mm, 16.06Kilowatts, 3No. (9.98 in., 21.54Horsepower)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
LADY HOPETOUN is an Edwardian steam launch. It was designed by Walter Reeks and built by WM Ford at Berrys Bay, Sydney in 1902. LADY HOPETOUN carried many VIP passengers during its service with the NSW Government and has had a close association with Sydney Harbour throughout its operational life. It remains in operating condition and is in reguar use on Sydney Harbour, and is a rare example of a steam powered vessel from this period.
DescriptionLADY HOPETOUN's wooden hull is just under 23.5 metres long. It is carvel planked in New Zealand kauri on hard wood frames. It has a simple plumb stem and elegant overhanging counter and sheerline. The funnel is raked slighty and the vessel profile has a classic style. The cabin structure on deck houses the helm and covers the engine and boiler, under the foredeck is limited seating and accomodation. the aft deck is covered by the canopy extending off the cabin top. It is powered by a triple expansion steam engine.

The builder, WM Ford was one of the premier builders in this period, while naval architect Walter Reeks was the principal vessel designer in Sydney and both worked together on a number of yachts and other vessels from the late 1880s through to the 1920s.

LADY HOPETOUN was used as the vice-regal and VIP steam yacht by the NSW Government through the Sydney Harbour Trust and its successor the Maritime Services Board of NSW for decades. It was avery well known sigth on the Harbour and remained in service until well into the early 1960s. It was replaced by the CAPTAIN PHILLIP.

When the vessel was retired from service a group of enthusiasts negotiated to take over the craft. It became the founding vessel for the Sydney Maritime Museum. LADY HOPETOUN was restored by volunteers from the Sydney Maritime Museum over a long period which included considerable work on the machinery.

The museum is now known as the Sydney Heritage Fleet and in 2006 they maintain LADY HOPETOUN in excellent operating condition on Sydney Harbour, where it is available for charter cruises.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck layout:wheelhouse
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 stem
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:screw steamerSSsteam launchsteam shipsteam yachtsteamersteamshipSY
Motor propulsion:steam reciprocating
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Related Sites Berrys Bay NSW

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