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Sea Scout

Vessel Number: HV000022
Date: 1923
Vessel Dimensions: 16.15 m x 21.33 m x 14.93 m x 4.19 m x 1.68 m (53 ft x 70 ft x 49 ft x 13.75 ft x 5.5 ft)
Registered Dimensions: 15.08 m x 3.81 m x 1.98 m, 22.03 tons x 26.09 tons (49 ft. x 12.5 ft. x 6.5 ft.)
Engine dimensions: 60 kilowatts, 4 cylinders (80 horsepower)
Propeller dimensions: 914 mm (36 in)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
SEA SCOUT is a wooden yacht built in 1923 in NSW. It was built by Morrison & Sinclair, at Long Nose Point, Balmain NSW to a design by Walter Reeks for a large cruising yacht. It was later converted to a commercial role and developed a close association with the southern NSW fishing industry for a period after World War II.

DescriptionSEA SCOUT is a timber gaff rigged ketch that was commissioned by its first owner Harry Shelley, a well known figure on Sydney Harbour and a prominent member of both the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. This was his second boat of the same name.

The 16 metre yacht has an intriguing double-ended hull shape. Reeks used a canoe stern style on many of his motor launches, but SEA SCOUT's stern is possibly influenced by the many Scandinavian yacht designs of this type which were renowned for their sea going abilities. Another earlier Reeks' yacht design with this stern is the much smaller SHONA (HV000108) from 1911.

The Sydney Morninng Herald had this report from 13/09/1923 on its launching.

A handsome new cruising yacht, built to the order of Mr Harry M.Shelley was launched at high tide yesterday morning at the yard of the builders Messrs. Morrison and Sinclair Ltd, Long Nose Point Balmain.

This fine cruiser,.which was designed by Mr. Walter Reeks, and will be capable of putting to sea in any weather, has splendid accomodation below, consisting of a large saloon, full lavatory and pantry accommodation, a large engine room, and forecastle for two men. There is also a deckhouse and very roomy cockpit.

Ketch rigged, and with 100hp Sterling engine, installed by Messers. Begg and Greig, this yacht, which has been christened "Sea Scout" will be a good, comfortable boat for ocean cruising, of which her owner has always been an advocate."

The ARROW in 1925 notes the 'handsome auxiliary, SEA SCOUT" was used to lay ocean marks for a yacht race.

The December issue of a 1930s The Power Boat & Yachting Monthly has an advertisment for its sale, by Jack Capell at Rushcutters Bay. Offered in 'perfect condition' with a 'sterling Dolphin Marine engine', the sale price was 2,000 pounds.

SEA SCOUT in 2006 is once again used as a cruising yacht, but during the period from 1944 to 1987 it was registered as a fishing boat, working areas along the NSW south coast. Significant restoration work was undertaken in the late 1990s and the SEA SCOUT remains in excellent condition.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:full decked
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
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:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Related materials:awards/trophies
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Rig type:BermudanBermudianmarconi
Rig type:gaff
Rig type:ketch
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 22281

Vessel Registration Number: V6M

Official Number: 151986

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