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Vessel Number: HV000425
Date: 1913
Builder: J J Savage
Vessel Dimensions: 9.45 m x 9.45 m x 2.9 m x 0.76 m, 5.08 tonnes (31 ft x 31 ft x 9.5 ft x 2.5 ft, 5 tons)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
WALLAGARUGH is a launch and workboat designed and built in 1913 by JJ Savage that has a long association with the Victorian Gippsland Lakes region, where it is still operating in 2010. WALLAGARUGH has been a work boat, rescue boat, fishing boat and recreational launch from the early days of the Gippsland Lakes area. It also represents one of many types of craft from JJ Savage whose family have been boatbuilders on Port Phillip in Victoria for over 100 years.
DescriptionWALLAGARUGH was built at Savage's yard in Williamstown and the first recorded owner was the Symes family, who were associated with the Melbourne Age newspaper. The next known owner was the Lakes Entrance Fishing Company. WALLAGARUGH is now with another business on the lake, where it is their workboat and rescue boat for their cruiser hire fleet. In its time it has carried cargo, towed barges, and has been used as a fishing boat or for the occasional recreational adventure.

The 9.45 m long hull is planked in Huon pine on blackwood frames. The cabin house it carries today is evident in a 1960s image; however the windscreen and cabin top over the cockpit are more recent additions.

Between 2003 and 2008 it was extensively overhauled. WALLAGARUGH remains in good condition in 2010, and is close to marking its centenary year of operation.
Vessel Details
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber plywood
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:skeg rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV
Related materials:photos
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Alternate Numbers

Vessel Registration Number: EC69

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