Research

The Guild does research as well as our hands-on boat activities

One of basic objects of the Guild is the research, recording and publication of matters to do with wooden boats in Tasmania. In particular:

The research and recording of details associated with the building and use of wooden boats in Tasmania, and to endeavour to ensure that there is a register of boats, and a record of local design details and associated methods, practices and processes, available for posterity.

Our research areas include:

  • Tasmanian wooden boats and boat-building history
    • Tasmania has a rich history of working with and using wooden boats, using our unique timbers and our very varied coastline and waterways.
  • Modern techniques of recording older vessels
    • Preserving and restoring fragile older vessels is expensive and requires dedicated craftspeople and institutions. Not all vessels can be saved, let alone restored, and even those that are saved are sometimes lost through accidents or other events. We are now using photogrammetry to capture and present the form and size of heritage vessels for future research and understanding.

These are some of our research projects:

  • Tassie Too

    Tassie Too is a 21 foot restricted class, designed by W.P. (Skipper) Batt and is a multiple Forster Cup winner. (Click…

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  • Casilda

    Casilda is ARHV Historic Vessel 000781 is an Auxilary yacht ex fishing yawl built in Dunnalley in 1915 by Walter…

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  • Tamima

    Tamima was designed by W D Bailey of Como NSW in 1929, a 30 ft canoe-sterned enlargement of the 27…

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  • Nancy

    Nancy is a wooden Derwent River ferry built in 1917 by AA 'Tucker' Abel, a well known boat builder in…

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  • Coralyn

    Coralyn is a Naval Pinnace and West Coast Tasmanian supply vessel built in Williamstown Victoria by Charles Ritchie snr. in…

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