Restoring historic yacht

Restoring historic yacht

The Metung based committee responsible for the restoration of the historic yacht, Metung is delighted that with the lifting of COVID restrictions (despite this week’s hiccup) they are able to recommence working on this famous vessel. 
Built in 1956 at the Bulls Shipyard for Dr Toby Beatty, the Metung had an adventurous career which included eight Sydney to Hobart races, a world circumnavigation and many east coast trips.
In recent years little was known of her condition or whereabouts until the Metung was sighted in a much-neglected condition on Sydney Harbor.  
She was advertised on Ebay and a bid was initiated by Dr Ian Seymour and son, Chris.
Dr Seymour has fond memories of seeing Metung sailing on Bancroft Bay and saw this as an opportunity to return her to her hometown.
The bid was successful, an incorporated local committee was hastily formed and Metung was moved home in August 2019.
Prior to restrictions work on the boat had progressed rapidly with fittings removed, deck beams replaced, the interior stripped and cleaned, engine and gearbox parts sought and historical documents catalogued.
An impressive amount of historical parts and memorabilia has been received from sailors who have had a history of involvement with this vessel and were delighted to support Metung’s restoration.
Items included: original plan drawings, a complete set of sails, instruments, historical documents and photographs and personal narratives.
The Metung4Metung committee is a dedicated group determined to restore this beautiful vessel to its original condition.
The committee has recommenced fundraising and is planning for the next stage in its restoration.  
Anyone interested in becoming a member or making a donation is encouraged to visit the Metung4Metung website.

IMAGE: Shipwright Graeme Aldersea contemplating his next move and Dr Ian Seymour doing the dirty work in the bilge as they start the restoration of the Metung. (PS)


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