Mal Riley, former Bureau of Meterorology frontman and master of the Lady Nelson, has a good idea for the next Australia Wooden Boat Festival. Mal suggests that we make a series of posters featuring interesting wooden ships from around the world. The ships can get on the list by either by virtue of their physical size (largest smallest, longest, highest), the history of the vessel or the interesting story of the vessel or the people on the vessel.
The posters could be large and printed on outdoor material. They can (if stored correctly) be used over and added to for several years. They would be placed at key display spaces around the AWBF where they can be seen and read.
Initially, Mal suggests the suite of posters could include:
The Wyoming (main image)
The French Navy’s 120-gun Bretagne, the largest wooden ship of the line ever launched.
Baron of Renfrew – a disposable ship
Eureka – San Francisco Ferry carrying 2300 passengers and 120 cars.
Largest Viking longship
Noahs Ark? Was it real, where did it land?
Large Roman Ships
USS Dunderberg – a 370’ iron-clad battleship
SS Great Western – Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Belyana – large Russian log ships
Chinese Admiral Zeng He’s treasure ships
Mal asks if AWBF members would like to suggest notable Australian ships that might be included.
Asking a graphic artist to design each poster individually might get expensive, so Mal offers a template that submissions could follow, with the cost of printing to be borne by AWBF. We think that’s a great idea and invite readers to submit their ideas. If you do your research properly and find some good images that we can use, we will credit you on the poster.
We haven’t seen the 1949 brigantine Soren Larsen here in Hobart since the Tall Ships Festival back in 2013, but there are some hopeful signs that this star of a ship (literally – she was captured on film in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Onedin Line and Shackleton) will be with us again. Soren Larsen was one of the original Jubilee Sailing Trust vessels and of course the JST has since sent Lord Nelson and Tenacious to Hobart for the AWBF.
The ship was built in Denmark just after the Second World War and was the last ship built by the Larsen Shipyard. She was a true working vessel, carrying general cargo in the Baltic for more than 20 years, until she was gutted by fire in 1972. Re-decked and re-fitted in 1979, she reached Australia permanently in 2011 and is now part of the Sydney Harbour Tall Ships fleet. 140 feet in length and 100’ tall, she is a magnificent example of a late-era wooden sailing ship
Sydney Harbour Cruises also operate the Coral Trekker, the Southern Swan and the ferry boat Wangi Queen.
Photography has always been a big part of the AWBF. At every Australian Wooden Boat Festival, there are hundreds of lenses trained on the boats, the people, the entertainment and the gangs of friends enjoying the social weekend of the year. Our trained and dedicated crew of accredited festival photographers capture thousands of beautiful images all over the site and on the water, too. That collection of images becomes a library that we mine for the next two years to illustrate our publications, answer media requests, populate our on-line collections and generally recall what a wonderful event it was. Continue reading “Top Shot – Photography at AWBF”