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Archie Badenoch

Vessel Number: HV000140
Date: 1942
Vessel Dimensions: 12.19 m x 11.78 m x 3.66 m x 1.6 m, 14.07 tonnes (40 ft x 38.66 ft x 12 ft x 5.25 ft, 14.3 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
ARCHIE BADENOCH is significant as the first South Australian Police launch after the Second World War. It has a long and important association with the community through its police activities.
DescriptionThe motor vessel ARCHIE BADENOCH was built at the General Motors Holden plants at Woodville and Birkenhead South Australia, and launched late in 1942 or possibly early 1943. It was constructed as a Second World War supply-tender vessel for the Royal Australian Navy.

In 1946 the craft was acquired by the South Australian Police Department and served as the Number One Police Launch. The vessel was named by the police department to commemorate mounted police constable Archibald Badenoch, the first South Australian police officer to be killed in action at El Alamein, North Africa in 1942.

From around 1946 to 1978 the ARCHIE BADENOCH was the only all-weather deep-sea patrol vessel in local waters. During its time as the principal police launch, the ARCHIE BADENOCH established an outstanding sea working record, featuring in hundreds of rescues throughout South Australian coastal waters and saving many lives. After 32 years of loyal service the vessel was retired in 1978.

Following a major restoration project under the direction of the South Australian Maritime Museum, ARCHIE BADENOCH is now used as an excursion vessel at Port Adelaide.

Prepared from material supplied by the South Australian Maritime Museum.

Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Deck material and construction:wood/fibreglass
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:spade rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: 20549

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