SV May Queen Vessel

Constitution Dock, Hobart

Designer and Builder: Alexander Lawson (1867)

The SV May Queen is Australia’s oldest sail trading vessel and is one of only a handful of wooden vessels of her era still afloat in the world.

Built at Franklin on the banks of the Huon River in Tasmania’s south in 1867, May Queen’s working life spanned a century of development, with the changing nature of the work and cargos carried reflecting the changes and growth of the communities served.

Fitted with a retractable centreboard to enable the vessel to get close inshore or into shallow rivers and inlets, the SV May Queen is 21 metres long, 5.3 metres wide and has a draft of 1.5 metres when fully laden with 25,000 super feet of sawn timber (50 tonnes). The hull is of Tasmanian blue gum and stringy bark, the deck is of Tasmanian Celery top pine and the spars are of imported oregon. Mind your head and take a look onboard with volunteers from the May Queen Trust and imagine sailing down the Derwent towards Bruny on a frosty morning as the world around you wakes

Open: Saturday 12 November 10 am – 1 pm

Accessibility: Steep steps, ramps, slippery surfaces and overhead obstacles. Please take care and mind your head.

Note: Please wear closed toe sturdy shoes.



Building Type


Architectural Period

Victorian (1851-1901)



History of Hobart

New to Program

Suitable for Children


Level Changes

Stair Access Only

Steep Incline

Uneven Surfaces

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