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May Queen

Vessel Number: HV000012
Date: 1867
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 20.06 m x 5.39 m x 1.52 m (65.82 ft x 17.68 ft x 4.99 ft)
Registered Dimensions: 2.29 m, 29.44 tons x 36.3 tons (7.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
MAY QUEEN is a timebr ketch built in Tasmania in 1867. It is one of only two surviving Tasmanian trading ketches, and was built in Franklin. It has a very long connection to Tasmania as a working boat and shows the typical construction and layout of these vessels. MAY QUEEN represents a type that was once very common, carrying logs and wool from the different riverfront outposts in Tasmania to the major ports such as Hobart. They were fitted with a centreboard and could negotiate shallow waters, then sit upright on their flat bottom-sections while loading and unloading as the tide changed.
DescriptionMAY QUEEN is just over 20 metres long, and carvel built. It remained in operation well into the 20th century and was one the last Tasmanian vessels to still work under sail. In 2012 it can be seen moored at Hobart's Constitution Dock where restoration work continues.

In the heyday of the Tasmanian trading ketch they also raced each other as part of the annual Hobart Regatta, an event traditionally held on the 24th of January. A report in the ‘Rudder’ from mid 1906 noted that most vessels had a set of racing sails and working sails. 'To see five or six of these vessels manoeuvering round the line, waiting for a start, is a fine sight. It is quite looked upon as the race of the day.'
Vessel Details
Current status:floating
Current status:non-operational
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:flat bottom
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:dagger boarddrop board
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Related materials:awards/trophies
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
Rig type:gaff
Rig type:ketch
Sail cloth:cotton
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: 42

Official Number: 32164

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