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Vessel Number: HV000028
Date: 1962
Vessel Dimensions: 12.39 m x 4.36 m x 2.13 m (40.65 ft x 14.3 ft x 7 ft)
Engine dimensions: 210 kilowatts, 12 No (281.61 horsepower)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
BAREKI is a wooden tug built in 1962 in NSW. It was built to an Australian design, adapted from American tow boat designs, and many were built in World War II. It was one of the last wooden tugs still operating as a workboat in 2011.

DescriptionBAREKI was built at Goat Island by the Maritime Services Board of NSW for their use in 1962. The name is believed to be an Aboriginal word for water. It was the last wooden tug in service with the MSB when it was retired. BAREKI was in survey to Class VII, as a vessel for restricted sea-going non- passenger service, and able to be operated up to 30 nautical miles off the coast. The tug was able to be used along the coast of NSW between Newcastle and Port Kembla and carried general towage duties. A particular task was associated with the drege services, where BAREKI was employed to tow the 300-tonne hoppers to sea to dump spoil.

The plans for the hull came from a World War II tug design by shipwright Arthur Swinfield, designed for the Department of Munitions. The MSB created their own superstructure arrangement with a deckhouse and wheelhouse above. The deckhouse contained a mess-room with basic galley facilities and a head. It has a 210 kw 12 cylinder diesel engine for propulsion.

From 1990 until 2012 BAREKI belonged to the Australian National Maritime Museum's Fleet section who operated the vessel as a general duties workboat, whilst conserving and maintaining it as an historic vessel. It has since been sold in 2012 to a private owner who will be maintaining it as a heritage craft.
Vessel Details
Ballast:cast iron
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:on public display
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
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:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ships:Byzantine ships:ships:ship:wheelhouse

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