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Britannia

Vessel Number: HV000131
Date: 1898
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 9.75 m x 9.14 m x 3.51 m x 1.07 m, 8.37 tonnes (32 ft x 30 ft x 11.5 ft x 3.5 ft, 8.5 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
BRITANNIA is a small wooden cargo vessel which was built in the late 1890s and operated off the north-east Tasmanian coast.
DescriptionBRITANNIA is a 10 metre long seam-batten wooden cutter designed and built by Richard Davy in 1898, and built on Lady Barron Island off north-east Tasmania. It was commissioned by Charles Stephens who was the schoolmaster for the settlements amongst the islands in that area. He needed a vessel to run supplies and is said to have sailed BRITANNIA single-handed amongst the islands and mainland for many years.

When it was purchased by the Davis family it became a fishing boat and worked in the D'Entrecasteux Channel off Bruny Island. It took a variety of roles fishing for couta, cray and scalloping as well as carrying occasional cargo and supply loads.

The craft has only had three owners, and was with the Davis family from 1910 for almost 100 years. BRITANNIA has a diesel auxiliary motor and is in good condition with major restoration happening during 2006 - 2007.

An interesting observation from well known author Garry Kerr is that BRITANNIA started out as a double ender in the style of the passage boats, and would have had it stern' fanned out' and lengthened to take on the scallop and couta fishing tasks, perhaps as late as in the 1960s. Only a very small number of these craft from the late 1800s are now thought to exist.
Vessel Details
Ballast:external
Ballast:internal
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:covered
Current status:hard stand/cradle
Current status:non-floating
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:batten seam
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Propeller:single
Related materials:film
Related materials:photos
Rig type:cutter
Rig type:gaff
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Related materials:other
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 19776

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