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1 February 2018

Porthole built in 1952

Today I climbed on board the decks of one of the Settree built trawlers which is located within the grounds of the Maritime Museum.
Originally named Antoinette, she was built as a snapper fishing boat for Rocco Musumici by Alfred Raymond (Alf) Settree in 1952. Later becoming a recreational fishing boat.  She was a fine vessel in her time,  timber framed and planked, the top deck at a later stage has been overlayed with fibreglass which is deteriorating badly and will need plenty of work.

There are still plenty of local people who remember her plying across the bay on her regular fishing trips.


Below decks the old timber frame looks in pretty good condition, since the vessel arrived at the museum not much work has been done to her. Looking below you can see she was a working boat which did many hours at sea.

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Bow detail.


Her unique stern shape is known as a canoo stern, she was driven by twin engines, which have been removed.

Vessel Dimensions: 8.23 m × 3.66 m (27 ft × 12 ft
Owners - Rocco Musumeci, Lance Hanley, Ken Norford, Claudio and Katrina Zarella, Wayne Walker, Bob Seery, Kevin Polley


Looking from her decks across the museum grounds you can see the main building of the museum to the left, the Alf Settree Boat shed on the right, with the fish pond in the foreground, well worth a visit.


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