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OLGA and the Grinning family in 1925


Vessel Number: HV000697
Date: 1923
Vessel Dimensions: 9.14 m × 8.84 m × 2.03 m × 0.91 m (30 ft × 29 ft × 6.66 ft × 3 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
OLGA is wooden motor launch built in Tasmania in 1923. The builder was the first owner, Harry Grining, and the launch has had varied use around Strahan and Macquarie Harbour for many decades including towing Huon pine logs, acting as a pilot boat and as a charter cruise boat. It is currently being restored to its original configuration at launch.
DescriptionOLGA was built on the wharf at Strahan in 1923 by Harry Grining in the location where the Huon pine mill now stands. The carvel planked hull is 9.14m long and 2.02m wide. The double ended canoe stern hull is planked in Huon pine with celery-top pine frames and upper ribs, and Blackwood lower ribs.

When launched it was initially used to tow rafts of Huon pine logs down the Gordon River to Strahan wharf, and was also the Grinning family’s pleasure boat when time permitted. OLGA is also understood to have been one of the first charter boats on the Gordon River – and was also used as a pilot boat from Strahan out to Macquarie Harbour heads.

At an unknown date OLGA moved to the east coast where Works Tasmania were next owners, using the launch as a work boat to construct the Barnes Bay Jetty on Bruny Island. It was later sold and then used as a fishing and pleasure boat out of Triabunna.

In 2016 it has a new owner and it is being restored to the configuration in the 1926 image, the only one that has been located from its early days at Strahan.

Vessel Details
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:inside building
Deck layout:cabin
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:canoe stern/double endedDE
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:plumb stemvertical stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:launch deadwood
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:motor vesselMV

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