Item 29 - Launching of "Marina"

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Launching of "Marina"


  • 1934 (Creation)

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John Wilson (1842-1912), ship-wright, served an apprenticeship with Colin Walker, boat builder of Gardners Bay, who built the Huon Belle in 1866. Wilson established his own boat building yard at Martins Point where his first ship "Good Intent" was built in 1877. John Wilson and his sons, Walter and Sydney built many well known sailing ketches and schooners and some steam and oil engine powered vessels, including the ketch One and All for Andrewartha in 1878, Leilateah (McDougall's 1891), Birngana (1893), Lenna (1903 Risby's), Lottah, Stanley and the Alice (1904), Doris and Rooganah (100 ton 3 masted schooner) for Jones & Co. The last ship built by John Wilson was the ketch Lialeeta for T.H. Spaulding launched in 1913.
John Wilson and his wife, Dinah, had 4 sons and 3 daughters and lived at "Brightside", Cygnet. He was known as a wit and composed humorous verse, as did some younger members of the family.
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Walter Wilson was a designer and artist. Walter and his brother Sydney worked with their father, John Wilson at Wilson and Sons, boat builders. They built many well known sailing ketches and schooners and some steam and oil engine powered vessels. After John's death in 1912 Walter and Sydney carried on the business. Walter and his wife had several children, including Clifton, who assisted the boat building.

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Wilson and Sons, shipbuilders, was founded by John Wilson (1842–1912), who began building wooden boats in 1863, at his home in Cygnet. The first boat was the Huon Belle, launched in 1864.

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Deposited by Miss E. Cato 1967

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Press cuttings regarding the launching of the ketch Marina built by Wilson Brothers for for H. Jones and Co. for the timber trade, The Marina is an auxiliary ketch of the following dimensions: - Length overall, 100ft.; extreme breadth, 23ft. 6 in.; depth of hold, 7 ft. 6 in.; gross tonnage, 100 tons; displacement when loaded, about 280 tons. She will be powered by a 70 h.p. Diesel engine by Ruston
Lister, which will be installed after the vessel reaches Hobart. When put into commission she will be employed by H.Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. in the timber trade between Launceston and Mel- bourne, freighting timber from the firm's Warrentinna mill to Melbourne,
and carrying general cargo as back freight. The Mercury Tuesday 18 December 1934.

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CE September 2018




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