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Boomerang's tender

Vessel Number: HV000020
Date: 1905
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 3.38 m x 3.2 m x 1.31 m x 0.46 m (11.09 ft x 10.5 ft x 4.3 ft x 1.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
The wooden tender for the motor vessel BOOMERANG was built around 1905. Both vessels are associated with Frank Albert, owner of a number of vessels with the name BOOMERANG and a prominent identity in Australian yachting from the early 1900s. It is also an excellent example of typical wooden lapstrake construction, and noteworthy for its considered design.
DescriptionThe craft was used as a tender or lifeboat for the MV BOOMERANG, a petrol motor driven launch built in 1905 that belonged to Frank Albert. Albert and his father had come to Australia from Europe and became well known with their music publishing business.

The lapstrake craft is a double ended dinghy, which is an unusual hull shape for such a small vessel, and possibly done in this manner to give the appearance of a ship's lifeboat of the period. It was one of two identical craft that were carried on davits aboard the MV BOOMERANG, suspended above the sheer, one to port the other to starboard.

The builder and designer of the MV BOOMERANG is noted as R.T. Wain in a report on motor boating in The Referee Nov 20 1905. The report's description of the vessel highlights the two identical tenders, so it is considered likely that R.T. Wain was also involved with the tender's design and construction.

In 2007 the vessel is now on display at the Sydney Heritage Fleet, Wharf 7 Darling Harbour.
Vessel Details
Current status:hard stand/cradle
Current status:non-floating
Current status:non-operational
Current status:on public display
Deck layout:open
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:oar
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:clinkerglued lapstrakelapstrake
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:canoe stern/double endedDE
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:pivoting centreboardswing board
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:photos
Rig type:cat rigcat boatunauna rig
Spar material:timber
Additional Titles

Primary title: Boomerang's tender

Previous title: the Puffer

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