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Vessel Number: HV000343
Date: c 1900
Previous Owner: Port Philip Sea Pilots ,
Vessel Dimensions: 5.49 m x 5.49 m x 0.61 m (18 ft x 18 ft x 2 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
LOUISE is a ship-based pilot's tender typical of the type used on Port Phillip in Victoria from early to mid-1900s. Although its age and builder are unknown, the tender's hull structure features original clinker construction and includes some documented repairs. The original open boat layout has been modified with the addition of some decking, a sailing rig and an engine.
DescriptionThese craft were ship-based tenders carried aboard the schooner RIP and steam ships VICTORIA and ALVINA. VICTORIA was in service from 1901 to 1956, ALVINA from 1903 to 1924. The tenders were stowed on deck and in davits ready to be lowered as required. The tenders had four thwarts across the boat and two men would row with the coxswain and pilot in the stern.

It is understood that in the period when LOUISE was built by the pilot service the build-date was often carved in the transom, but it is not apparent in this case. The 5.5 metre long vessel is planked in New Zealand kauri and has a blackwood keel, stem and stern post, a timber commonly used by Victorian boatbuilders. According to the Beazley family who know much of the Port Phillip vessel history its likely that Graham Campbell built this boat.

Not much is known of this particular craft's history. It is thought the lifting hooks or eyes were removed in the 1970s, and one side was repaired after being badly damaged when it ran under St Leonards pier, Port Phillip. Whilst it is now known as LOUISE, in its working days it was just one of a number of anonymous craft carrying out its piloting tasks on a daily basis.

The tender has been modified with additions including a Yanmar single cylinder motor, small side decks and foredeck, and a small gaff sloop rig. Various pieces of the hull structure have had to be repaired and replaced over time so that it could remain in use. It does however retain one of the significant identifying features which are the deeper strakes along the middle of the craft where it would ride against a vessel's hull as it came alongside to transfer the pilot. This was created with an additional sacrificial edging piece at each strake, easily replaced when required. All of these edging pieces have been renewed so the hull retains its correct appearance.

In 2009 LOUISE was used recreationally on Port Phillip, Victoria.
Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:open
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:oar
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:clinkerglued lapstrakelapstrake
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Rig type:lug
Sail cloth:synthetic
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: DW 48

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