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Hurrica V

Vessel Number: HV000053
Date: 1924
Vessel Dimensions: 17.85 m x 12.75 m x 4.35 m x 2 m, 35 tonnes (58.6 ft x 41.8 ft x 14.25 ft x 6.56ft., 35.56 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 20.58 tons
Classification:Vessels and fittings
HURRICA V is wooden cruising yacht built in NSW in 1924. It is an important example of a luxury yacht built in Sydney by W. M. Ford Boatbuilders, and was built to an English design by C. E. Nicholson of the famous firm Camper and Nicholsons. It has a long and varied history including service in World War II.

DescriptionThe 17.85 m (59 ft) long gaff rigged ketch HURRICA V was built by W.M. Ford as a gentleman's yacht for the owner William Oliver, a wealthy pastoralist. He was 73 years old when HURRICA V was delivered to him in Melbourne in 1924. Under his ownership HURRICA V cruised the Bass Strait area and was a well known yacht at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Mr Oliver had a previous yacht from the same designers called HURRICA II which was built by C.Lucas in Hobart in 1907.

HURRICA V changed hands for the first time in 1941 and was brought up to Sydney by William Stuart. Shortly after, in 1943 the World War II emergency laws allowed the Commonwealth Government to requisition the yacht for war service. Stripped down, with a new diesel and machine guns mounted on deck the renamed HMAS STINGRAY served in the Port Moresby and Milne Bay areas of New Guinea. In 1946 it was offered back to Stuart who re-purchased the vessel, but now also owned the big schooner ADA.

Stuart sold HURRICA V in 1948. Subsequent owners used the yacht in Sydney and Pittwater for some years before it headed back to the New Guinea and New Caledonia area, a trip that included weathering a 5 day cyclone. Another cruise took the craft to Indonesia and another cyclone, then keel damage on a reef. HURRICA V's final cruise was to Fiji, at a time when it was also the home for its owner on Pittwater, north of Sydney.

Throughout the period after Oliver had sold the yacht it underwent a series of changes including a Bermudan rig and major revisions to the interior, deck and superstructure. Although probably necessary due to age, some of this work was not very sympathetic to the original character and fine construction of the vessel.

From 2002 a project was started to refurbish HURRICA V, including a complete re-fastening programme, and it is to be fitted with a new Bermudian rig on a timber spars, a restored deck and restored superstructure arrangement. HURRICA V was relaunched in November 2008 and is now returned to its original elegant appearance.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:not on display
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:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
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:drawings
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Rig type:BermudanBermudianmarconi
Rig type:ketch
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Previous title: HMAS Stingray

Previous title: The Gift

Primary title: Hurrica V

Alternate Numbers

Official Number: 151 812

: 315

Related Sites Berrys Bay NSW

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