Wednesday 30 November 2011


The Melburnian MV was built by Bottrill Shipyards in Melbourne in 1942 for the Australian Armed Forces.   A thousand of these boats were built for service in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea, specified to carry 10 tons of cargo or a platoon (20 soldiers) with equipment.  After hostilities ceased the boat was used by the Australian Customs Service in New South Wales for 30 years and subsequently worked as a tow boat on the Hawkesbury River.  In 1998 the boat was purchased by a boat enthusiast who sailed her to Melbourne where the "Melburnian" was totally refurbished to its luxury standard as a charter boat on Melbourne's Yarra River water ways.

Length 40'
Draught 4'9"
Engine 6/71 G.M super charged 280 HP
Beam 12"6"
Hull - Oregon

This post is part of the Watery Wednesday meme blog.


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