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Sea Hawk

Vessel Number: HV000319
Date: 1920
Designer: J R Jones
Builder: J R Jones
Vessel type: The Couta Boat
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 9.45 m x 9.3 m x 3.25 m x 1.22 m (31 ft x 30.5 ft x 10.66 ft x 4 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
SEA HAWK is a couta boat built in 1920 by J R Jones in Victoria, one of the first builders of this type and a pioneer in the evolution of their design and construction. His craft tended to be of a deeper more veed hull shape than later builders such as Locke and Lacco. SEA HAWK had a varied career and always operated in Victorian waters.
DescriptionSEA HAWK was built in 1920 at J R Jones yard in Melbourne on the Maribynong River. It has a red gum keel, New Zealand kauri planking and blue gum frames. The spars are Oregon pine. It is about 9.50m long and one of the bigger couta boats - they were typically around 8 to 8.5 metres long.

SEA HAWK took on a number of roles. When new in 1920, it took parties out sailing and for picnics from Sorrento Pier on Port Phillip, something many couta boats did alongside, or as an alternative to, fishing. In 1923 SEA HAWK began its professional fishing career, probably while owned by Joe Harry and Sandy Culliver. It continued fishing until around 1944 when it was employed as a lighthouse supply vessel. From 1950 SEA HAWK is thought to have been used purely for recreational sailing.

In 2009 the current owner was rebuilding the deck which had deteriorated, but a considerable amount of original material remains in the hull.
Vessel Details
Ballast:internal
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber plywood
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Motor propulsion:diesel
Propeller:single
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber

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