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owned by Mr. T. Wadge
of Drummoyne and on
board that day were
Jim Longbottom and
two brothers, David
and Christopher Swift.
Two hours after
leaving Broken Bay
the engine failed and for the next two days they began drifting
northward. They controlled the boat with the use of a sea anchor
before being spotted off of Pt Stephens by the RAAF in a Neptune
Bomber, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Ingate from 11 Squadron and
finally, safely towed back to Newcastle by a RAAF rescue boat.
After repairs she was taken to Lake Macquarie where she
remained for some years before her life of travelling by road
began. She was transported from one waterway to another by
what is believed to be the same transport company over the
next 30 or so years.
After Lake Macquarie she was moved to Albury at the head
of the Murray then back to the Hawkesbury, where she stayed
until the late ’90s. Then her custodianship changed again, this
time to people in South Australia. She was trucked from the
Hawkesbury and relaunched at Mannum on the Murray where
she remained for the next two years before cruising across Lake
Alexandrina to the mouth of the Murray at Goolwa.
Until 2013 she was moored at the Marina, Hindmarsh Island,
and moved to The Captain Sturt Marina prior to the 2013 Goolwa
Wooden Boat Festival.
It is strange there are two Wahines, one a 26-footer and ours at
25ft – and they were both moored alongside each other at Goolwa.
Wahine ’s custodianship was transferred again at the Festival
and since April 2013 she has ventured back across Lake
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Alexandrina and into the Murray, travelling as far as Blanchetown
(Lock One) and back, a trip of over 400kms.
She is now moored on the Murray at Ukee Boat Club, Murray
Most of this potted history so far has been brought about
following a short Letter to the Editor but the trail has now gone
Should this story further prompt any reader to recall any
more anecdotes I would appreciate it if they could contact me.
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When I was sailing regularly on Sydney harbour in the early
eighties, I saw occasionally a scale model (about 6m long) of an
ocean liner, white in colour and with one person in it, with only
his head sticking out.
From memory it may have been a model of the Oriana, and
I used to see it in the Rose Bay area.
Would any of your readers have knowledge of this vessel and
what happened to it?
[Equipped with long range fuel tanks and a 75hp Thornycroft
diesel engine, the 1/25th scale Oriana was built by Yorkshire born
designer Don Gil Martin. He spent more than 10 years building
the 40ft fibreglass model in his back garden in Sydney, but died
before completing his life’s most ambitious project.
In 1986, the model was acquired by Sydney boat collector
and marine photographer Kelvin “Ace” Mowtell before he sold it
around 10 years later to Ian McDonald of Brisbane who bought
it for his grandchildren.
While her exterior is to scale, her interior includes four
berths, main saloon, obser vation lounge incorporating the helm,
refrigeration, toilet plus an aft cabin — Ed]
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