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Megsie

Vessel Number: HV000113
Date: 1947
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 15.24 m x 14.63 m x 4.27 m x 1.22 m, 24.61 tonnes (50 ft x 48 ft x 14 ft x 4 ft, 25 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
MEGSIE is a motor cruiser built in 1947 in Sydney NSW. It is an example of a Lars Halvorsen Sons luxury motor cruiser from the post war period. It is in excellent condition and represents the fine workmanship and styling for which the firm was well recognized, and maintained as they gradully evolved the styling to suit the period.
DescriptionMEGSIE is one of the many post-war late 1940s designs by Harold Halvorsen. The motor cruiser was built by Lars Halvorsen and Sons at their Ryde shipyard on the Parramatta River, NSW and launched in 1947. In the British Register of Australian Ships the owner is listed as Mr S.A. Jourdain of Killara NSW, in 1953. It later takes the name JUDITH A in 1960, and then appears to belong to the Buchanans at Church Point NSW. According to a resident of Pittwater it was moored at Newport Anchorage (formelry Holdencraft) for many years, then sold to a Mr Jonson or Johnston, who later sold it in 1968 and it left Pittwater. At this time it was still known as JUDITH A.

MEGSIE has the typical elegant proportions and details of their craft and has been restored to its original level of luxury over four years from 2002 to 2006. Whilst many of these craft have changed to diesel engines, MEGSIE stands out as one of those with its original petrol motors, in this case a twin installation with Chrysler side valve engines manufactured in 1942.

The big Halvorsen vessels like MEGSIE remain flagships for their builders. In 2007 MEGSIE celebrates its 60th year and is much admired wherever it goes.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
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:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Motor propulsion:petrol
Propeller:twindual
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Deck layout:other
Additional Titles

Previous title: Judith A

Primary title: Megsie

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 191345

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