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VETERAN in sparkling condition on its own cradle and slipway in the late 1990s.


Vessel Number: HV000124
Date: 1938
Designer: W D Bailey
Previous Owner:
Vessel Dimensions: 4.8 m x 1.75 m x 0.3 m (15.75 ft x 5.75 ft x 1 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
The runabout VETERAN was built in Newcastle NSW in 1938. is an important example of a design by W.D. Bailey from Como, Sydney, well known for sailing craft and less recognized for producing plans for runabouts . It remains in good condition and is a good example of an Australian design adapting an American style, in this case carrying many of the features seen on the famous US Hacker designs.
DescriptionVETERAN was designed by Bailey in the style of the American Hacker or Chris-Craft speedboats of the 1920s and 1930s. It has their classic profile with a plumb stem that is rounded off at the cutwater, a vertical transom and a single chine vee-section hullform. Construction was started in 1938 by Ernie Aitcheson at Wallsend near Newcastle. World War II caused an interuption to the work and after the war the hull was completed at Hazell & Moore on Hunter St, Newcastle.

The 4.8m long timber hull is carvel planked in mahogany, which has always been painted in a rich burgundy colour, with a sky blue bottom below a white boot top. The clear finished transom and maple deck are a bright contrast, and the fittings are chromed bronze, all in keeping with the period.

The first petrol engine was a fully marinised 4 cylinder Continental Red Seal from a Rugby motor car. A new petrol engine was installed in 1966, an Albacore Marine Ford, with 170 cubic inch displacement, also fully marinised. The craft has been refitted and restored on two occasions to keep it in excellent condition.

VETERAN has never been raced, but has been a regular and elegant sight on Lake Macquarie NSW as a ski boat and runabout for over 50 years. As an example of the dashing pre-World War II period it is a graceful contrast to the modern fibreglass craft.
Vessel Details
Current status:hard stand/cradle
Current status:operational
Current status:outside
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:planing
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:plumb transomvertical transom
Hull shape:vee-bottomv-bottomv-sectionvee-section
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:spade rudder
Motor propulsion:4-stroke4 cycle
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Motor propulsion:petrol
Related materials:plans
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: YX43N

Vessel Registration Number: VETERAN

Vessel Registration Number: GD21N

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