Search for the History of the “Una”
The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed at The Village in Triabunna needs your assistance.
Recently the Shed was donated a wooden boat for restoration. It has an interesting history but hopefully more about it can be found from additional research.
The “Una” (Circa early 1900s) has all the features of an American Runabout of the 1910-20’s era BUT it was supposedly built in Strahan on Tasmanian’s West Coast, used on Macquarie Harbour, then sent to Dover where bigger motor and skeg/keel fin was fitted to keep it pointing straight under power from the bigger motor.
Specifically we are looking for anyone who may have information about her Strahan and/or Dover provenance in the early 1900’s and beyond; or information on her hull design as a motor boat. “Una” of course may not even have been her original name.
The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania is also assisting with research into providence and significance/history/usage, and all information gathered will help our approach to the National Maritime Museum for Historic Vessel Registration.
What we are trying to do is get the recognition for the boat which it deserves to have and put it back in the water where she deserves to be.
The Wooden Boat Festival 2021 or even 2023 could be where Una or earlier name if/when discovered will be motored at Constitution Dock as the pinnacle of the activities of a tiny group of great people from The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed/ERDO. It all depends on Grant Funding , which depends upon recognition of boat’s significance to Tasmania, which depends upon who really knows about her out there. We have some history by understanding, but we need more history by verification.
Photos of “Una” as it is now.
The following are pics of historical significance to the hunt for the real “Una” – they are of an American runabout design with features similar to “Una” – tumblehome/rounded stern , relatively flat deck and single chine sides with spray throwing bow, and forefoot on the hull behind the stem post on the bow ; a speed boat with fin – showing lower sections as per “Una” -flat bottom into stern/transom.
If you can help in any way please contact Shed Coordinator David Gatenby
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
mob. 0400 432 331