Shout out to the Classics on Anzac Day

Shout out to the Classics on Anzac Day

Anzac Day seems the perfect time to give a shout out to all our Classic Boat owners, many of whom's pride and joy served during WW2.  Here is a bit of history on these grand old ladies for your enjoyment


Originally named Pollyanna II, she is 42 ft and was built by the Halvorsens in 1934. She arrived in WA in 1936 and named Avonita. In 1942 she was requisitioned by the RAN, armed with a depth charge at the stern and machine gun on the roof, she served until November 1945.
Bronzewing Kate was built by Jim Galloway in Ford St. Midland and launched at the Catalina ramp in Crawley Bay 31st Oct 1946.  First registered at RFBYC as Kareelah, a Bermudan rigged yacht RF 27.Kareelah started in the first Bunbury race 12 Feb 1949 but retired.In the ‘80s Kareelah was refitted as a pleasure boat and a coach house was fitted.

Originally named Elsemere, Spray’s hull was laid in 1954 by Halvorsen, before being moved to the vacant block next door to its owner’s home on Sydney Harbour to be fitted out to custom specifications by Halvorsen shipwrights.  She was launched straight down the bank into the Harbour in 1955.

Commissioned by the Dept of Fisheries in 1957, built by Harbour & Lights and launched in 1959. Length 45ft and displacement circa 20 tonnes. Dampier was used as a patrol vessel then for Naval Reserve training before being transferred to private ownership. She is on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and has even been a start boat for many offshore yacht races.

Hiawatha is a Halvorsen step deck cruiser built in 1938. Built in Sydney, she arrived in Perth in 1939 and has been at RFBYC ever since. She was a peaceful warrior during WWII

with depth chargers fitted on her stern causing little more than an annoyance for marine life! Then a corporate warhorse for The West Australian, hosting many of famous guests.

Pollyanna, an60ft Halvorsen launched in 1946,was one of the first vessels built by the Halvorsen yard after World War II with luxury in mind, following many years building craft for the armed services. Named Sylph V, she was moored in Sydney until 1958 when Roland Smith brought her to WA and renamed her Pollyanna after his two previous vessels of the same name.

Puffin was built in Albany by J Wilke in 1953 and was berthed at Emu Point until the present owner transported her to RFBYC in 2008. Puffin’s design came from Pompei’s shipwrights in Port Philip Bay and some claim these boats were used as snapper fishing boats in the Bay.
The hull, constructed of jarrah planks, is 22 feet in length and 8 feet 5 inches in beam while she is powered by a 4 cylinder Perkins diesel motor, model 4108.


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