Westward Vessel | Cancelled
Unfortunately this open has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience
Designer and Builder: Jock Muir (1947)
Westward is the only Tasmanian yacht to have won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race twice, in 1947 and 1948. Built by Jock Muir at his Battery Point yard as a fishing cruiser and launched in 1947, Westward’s original sale to a Sydney buyer fell through and the yacht was bought by Hobart yachtsman George Gibson. Muir was sailing master in the Sydney to Hobart race wins and Westward is the only yacht fitted with a fish-well to have won the race! Westward was sold to a number of mainland owners, before being bought by Stan Field. Stan owned the yacht for over 55 years, adapting it for extended cruising and undertaking two lengthy cruises of the Pacific with his family, heading through the Panama canal to the West Indies on one. In 2010 Stan gifted the historic yacht to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania whose volunteers have restored it to near original condition – but without the fish well! Westward still sails the Derwent and is regularly positioned in camera-shot of the media tent during Sydney – Hobart races as a significant Tasmanian survivor of the early years of the iconic race. Constructed from one and one-eight inch Celery Top Pine planking on laminated Blue Gum frames with eight inch centres and heavy stringers and deck beams, Westward has a roomy deckhouse which almost covers the self-draining cockpit. The yacht has an overall length of 41 feet 9 inches (12.73m), a beam of 12 feet (3.7m) and a draft of 6 feet 6 inches (2m). Mind your head and take a look onboard with volunteers from the Maritime Museum and let your imagination sail you away across the horizon…..
Open: Unfortunately this building has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Accessibility: Steep steps, ramps, slippery services and overhead obstacles. Please take care and mind your head.
Note: Please wear closed toe sturdy shoes.
Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)
New to Program
Suitable for Children
Stair Access Only
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