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Alex M Duncan

Vessel Number: HV000120
Date: c 1950
Previous Owner: Victorian Water Police ,
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 9.45 m x 3.05 m x 0.91 m (31 ft x 10 ft x 3 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
ALEX M DUNCAN is a wooden motor launch probaly built in Victoria in the 1950s. It is an example of a 1950s Victorian police launch, and is named after the first Victorian Police Commissioner. It has been modified for recrational use since its time in police service.
DescriptionThe motor launch was built in the early 1950s for use on Port Phillip, Victoria by the Victorian Police. It was their only boat in the 1950s. It was purchased in April 1952 but not until 1960 was it given the name ALEX M DUNCAN, after the first Victorian Police Commissioner. The craft cost 3,000 pounds and was fitted with bullet-proof glass, two-way radio and rescue equipment. The launch patrolled Melbourne's port facilities and nearby river waterways.

A Motor Boating Squad was formed in the 1960s to supervise motor boating on all Victorian waterways. The squad's new boats were a high speed launch and a number of smaller two-man Bartenders which were used on inland waterways.

When it was retired from service it became a pleasure cruiser on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.

ALEX M DUNCAN still operates in this role. It has a timber carvel construction hull just under 10 metres long. The hull and superstructure remain in a similar configuration to when it was in use with the force, however the interior has been fitted out to suit its new role and the cockpit enclosed.

Prepared with material from the Victoria Police Museum.
Vessel Details
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Propeller:single
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
ship:ships:Byzantine ships:ships:wheelhouse
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: BI 001

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