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Lifestyle : Sydney International Boat Show 2012
1HERSA1 S007 Do you know when your distress beacon will need a new battery? . . . CHECK YOUR BATTERY EXPIRY DATE www.amsa.gov.au/beacons 1800 406 406 SIMPLE PLEASURES * ree et reak a t or * o pli entary late check-o t ro $195 per night* * Mini night tay. ondition apply. CALL 9 9 A ME I "SIMPLE PLEASURES" Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, arling Harbour B K W A WWW.F URP I SSY EY.C M The Sydney Morning Herald July 28- 29, 2012 7 SPECIAL REPORT THE PRIDE OF THE PAST There's something special about stepping on board an old vessel, writes Melinda Ham. Old gold . . . (above) the Lady Hopetoun VIP launch; (below) the Hurrica V cruising yacht. T hree grand old dames of the boating world are gracing this year's Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour with their presence on the Walk of Fame in the marina: Lady Hopetoun, a steam-powered VIP launch for the NSW state government, built in 1902; Boomerang, a gentleman's schooner from 1903; and Hurrica V, a classic cruising yacht from 1924. Hurrica V has just made its film debut in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, opening in cinemas in December. In the film, Hurrica V sails around Lion Island in Pittwater, although viewers will believe they are on the US east coast. Its other claim to fame was during World War II, when the Commonwealth government requisitioned the Hurrica V to become a search-and-rescue boat in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Fitted out with machine guns and a fly bridge, its name was temporarily changed to HMS Stingray. After the war and several subsequent owners, architect Steve Gunns bought Hurrica V in 2001. It was in a derelict state and he decided to return it to its previous glory. ''It started off as a labour of love and then turned into just hard labour and very time-consuming, as nine blokes worked on her for almost seven years,'' he says. ''Most people think she's now a work of art.'' About 18 months ago, Gunns sailed the rebuilt and restored Hurrica V to Hobart to take part in the wooden boat festival. ''We sailed in 30- to 35-knot winds and she held like a beaut and kept a steady 11.2-knot speed,'' he says. ''Not bad for an 88-year-old.'' Hurrica V was originally built in Sydney in the WM Ford shipyard for William Oliver, a well-heeled Victorian grazier. It is officially known as ''a triple- headed gaff auxiliary ketch''. At 21.75 metres long, its hull is made of brown pine planking on a spotted gum frame, with a kauri deck and a Brazilian mahogany deckhouse, with butterfly skylights and mahogany panelling throughout. Another well-known boat on the walk of fame is the Lady Hopetoun, named after the wife of Australia's first governor-general and purpose-built to take visiting dignitaries around Sydney Harbour. Visitors to the boat show can board it and even descend into its bowels to see how its original coal-powered triple-expansion steam engine still operates. They may even be lucky enough to see it being stoked. At 23.5 metres long, the hull, built at Berry's Bay on Sydney Harbour, is made from New Zealand kauri on an American elm frame, with a teak deckhouse. During the boat's six decades of active government service, it carried royalty, including the Duke of York (who later became King George VI) and the king and queen of Thailand. In 1965, the NSW government was going to scrap the Lady Hopetoun but a group of boat enthusiasts came to its rescue. ''I think we bought her for $1 and she has now become our flagship,'' the public affairs manager for the Sydney Heritage Fleet, Hugh Lander, says. ''She is one of only two operational steam-fired vessels in Australia.'' Boomerang, a 22.3-metre sailing boat, is another Sydney Heritage Fleet gem, painstakingly restored by volunteers and available for a stickybeak at the boat show. Originally named Bona, it was built at Lavender Bay by naval architect Walter Reeks, who also designed vessels for the Balmain ferry company. Its hull boasts hardwood frames, kauri decks and deck beams and copper fastenings throughout. Its succession of wealthy gentlemen owners included Sir Charles Lloyd Jones -- grandson of the David Jones department store founder and the inaugural chairman of the ABC -- and Frank Albert, son of Jacques Albert, one of the pioneers of music publishing in Australia. The Albert family owned Boomerang from 1929 to 1987, when it was donated to the Sydney Heritage Fleet. While built as a sailing boat, the Boomerang was only motored and not sailed after the 1930s. The boats can be chartered for cruises in Sydney Harbour.
Travel Vietnam 2012