The Captain’s Log

Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart – 6-9 February 2015

Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart

6 – 9 February 2015

Ever wondered where wooden boat fanatics head to for their summer holiday? The Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania of course!

Seeped in history, Hobart is the home of the Derwent Hunter and a great reminder of our seafaring past. The Festival spans a long weekend and the entire Hobart waterfront at the mouth of the Derwent River, including the famous Constitution Dock where the Sydney to Hobart race finishes.

We found photos of the builder of the Derwent Hunter, Walter Wilson, in the Maritime Museum and even the original Derwent Hunter dinghy used by the CSIRO for research back in the 1950s.

Boats big and small

The festival showed all kinds of wooden boats in all shapes and sizes…

In the good ole days, bullocks were used to haul timber around the shipyards at the docks of Hobart. The festival featured a parade and the bullocks made a mighty entrance. With transportation this slow and methodical, it is easy to appreciate the whole art of ship building.

The art of boat building

The festival featured many displays of traditional handiworks and boat building displays that celebrate the traditional skills and tools still used today in Tasmania’s artisan shipyards. The Derwent Hunter is a prime example of these arts, with all her traditional features still onboard, lovingly restored and maintained in ship-shape condition. Next time you are on board, have a look!

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