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Vessel Number: HV000117
Date: 1955
Vessel type: Pearling Luggers
Vessel Dimensions: 15.85 m x 15.24 m x 3.96 m x 1.98 m (52 ft x 50 ft x 13 ft x 6.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
MARGHERITA is a wooden pearling lugger built in North Queensland in 1955. It was one of the last of the Thursday Island or Torres Strait type of pearling lugger, a variant that dates back to the 1890s, and represents the last period of construction for this style of pearling lugger.
DescriptionMARGHERITA was launched as BRITON in 1955 from the Hansen and Collis yard in Cairns, North Queensland. It was one of at last four luggers that were built by Alfred Hansen and Harold Collis and all had names that ended in '...ton' . The other three were called SONGTON, TRITON, and WINSTON.

It was used in the pearling industry around Thursday Island as well as for collecting trochus shell. It has since been retired form this type of work to become a charter boat.

The 15.85 metre long hull has a transom stern and is a typical carvel construction, using all Queensland timbers. Along with many of the later Queensland luggers MARGHERITA still retains a modest-sized sailing rig.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
Deck layout:cabin
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:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:photos
Related materials:references
Rig type:ketch
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ship:ships:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Additional Titles

Previous title: Briton

Primary title: Margherita

Previous title: Paladin

Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 3349QD

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