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Feature Vessels

At each MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, we are proud to present a brilliant display of special feature vessels including tall ships, historic boats and unique designs.  In 2019, you'll see veteran trading ships like the Olive May, the May Queen and Rhona H to give you a glimpse of the great days of working sail.

Devonport Maritime Museum presents the beautifully restored Julie Burgess, joined by the Danish 22-metre ketch Yukon and Melbourne–based tall ship Enterprize in the traditional Parade of Sail in the Derwent. Local tall ships Lady Nelson, Southern Cross, Rhona H and Windeward Bound will also be with us, offering afternoon and evening sailing for a look at the festival from the water. See the list below for descriptions of some of the feature vessels we welcomed at the 2017 festival.

We'll continue to recruit feature vessels right up until the opening of the festival, so check back regularly to catch the latest news or sign up to our electronic newsletter for regular updates.

Julie Burgess

The whole city of Devonport seems to have been involved in one way or another with the two year restoration of the pretty Bass Strait trader Julie Burgess, a 64’ blue gum ketch built in 1936 for the Burgess family. Five generations of this leading Devonport family have owned and operated fishing vessels in the Bass Strait. The 38-ton vessel has a new life as the feature ship of the redeveloped Devonport Maritime Museum. She made her maiden post-restoration debut at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2013. 
Historic Vessel Number: HV000366

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Built of oak in 1930 the privately owned Danish sailing ship Yukon was rescued by Australian shipwright David Nash and his Danish wife Ea Lassen from the bottom of a harbour near Copenhagen. After five years restoration and years of entertaining guests on European waterways, the Nash family with their two sons departed to circumnavigate the globe, bringing their ship to the calm waters of the Huon River in Tasmania. Become a part of the Yukon experience as you hoist sails or simply sit back, enjoy the timeless feeling and learn about this unique heritage ship and its many stories. Yukon facts: Overall length 22.0 m / beam 4.7 m / draft 2.3 m; under Australian survey; capacity: 20 day guests, 8 overnight.

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Lady Nelson

Hobart is the home port for the Lady Nelson, a Tasmanian-built replica of the cutter of the same name built for the Royal Navy in 1798. The original ship saw service in New South Wales and in 1803 brought the first settlers to what would become the city of Hobart on in Van Diemen’s Land, now of course Hobart, Tasmania. Our own replica of the Lady Nelson is a 52’ long, 60 ton cutter built in Margate in 1988. The ship is operated by the Tasmanian Sail Training Association for training, adventure cruises and local tours. She is crewed by volunteers. 

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Windeward Bound

In the tradition of slightly mad ambitions, Captain Sarah Parry led the team that built one of the most recent additions to Tasmania’s ‘home fleet’. The 108’ topsail schooner Windeward Bound was completed in 1996. Built in the historic Boyer shed on the River Derwent (once listed as the largest wooden building in Australia and now sadly, demolished), the ship conducts a busy program of sail training, adventure programs and local cruising. In 2001, the Windeward Bound completed a 17 month, 36,000 km circumnavigation of Australia, 200 years on from Matthew Flinders’ celebrated feat. 

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Rhona H

This lovely 52ft Huon Pine fishing vessel was built in 1942 by Ned Jack near Cataract Gorge, Launceston, for Frier Youl of Symmons Plains. Max Hardy, a Stanley fisherman kept the Rhona H for the next 26 years, fishing for crayfish, couta and shark in Bass Strait and the wild West Coast waters. After 40 years of fishing, Rhona H was converted in 1989 for Tasmanian charter work. Rigged as an auxiliary gaff ketch with jib-headed topsails, Rhona H was Hobart-based for many years, conducting East Coast charters till the late 1990's. In 1998 she sailed with the Tall Ships fleet. Current owners Charles Burns and Julie Porter have brought the ship back to Hobart and operate a program of adventure sailing and nautical skills classes.
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