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Vessel Number: HV000087
Date: 1907
Vessel Dimensions: 10.97 m x 12.19 m x 10.06 m x 2.74 m x 1.68 m, 8.86 tonnes (36 ft x 40 ft x 33 ft x 9 ft x 5.5 ft, 9 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
MISCHIEF is a wooden yacht built in Sydeny in 1907. The raised-deck cruising yacht MISCHIEF is a design by Walter Reeks that was built by William Holmes for a member of the Milson family who were prominent sailors in Sydney over three geenrations. It was one of the early sailing yachts from the 1900s designed and built with an auxiliary motor.
DescriptionArthur Milson was the commodore of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and Walter Reeks was also a senior member. Milson's father was James Milson (Jnr) who had owned a number of vessels in the mid 1880s, while his brother Alfred had also been a significant yacht owner and had commissioned the big yacht ERA from Reeks in 1887. Their father had previously owned champions yachts called MISCHIEF and ERA, so both sons were maintaining a strong link to the family past with their yachts.

MISCHIEF is almost 11 metres long and has the typical hull profile seen on many previous yacht designs by Reeks, with a short rounded bow profile, a longer overhanging counter stern and no distinct knuckle in the stern chock. It is planked in kauri on spotted gum frames. The original sail plan was for a gaff rigged ketch.

The raised deck on MISCHIEF is also an early example of this configuration which has been a popular arrangement on many Australian craft. It provides a more open and spacious interior. However later owners wanted more headroom, so a shallow trunk cabin has been added.

Australian Motor Boat and Yachting Monthly said the following about MISCHIEF in an obituary article for Arthur Milson, in June 1926, entitled "Gone Aloft".

'He built the cutter Mischief, named after his father's old yacht. She was a most comfortable cruiser, and many a pleasant day was spent by Mr Milson, in association with the late Walter Reeks and Messrs. E. (Ned) Hungerford, T.H.F. Mackenzie and T Butler.'

MISCHIEF has always been used as a cruising yacht, and Arthur Milson used the yacht in his official capacity at club functions and regattas. In 2006 it remains in good condition as it enters its 100th year, a mark of the quality of its construction.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
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:photos
Related materials:references
Rig type:ketch
Sail cloth:cotton
Spar material:timber

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