An elegant timber motor boat
This elegant timber launch once ferried naval officers but now transports museum staff and guests on Sydney Harbour. It was built by the Royal Australian Navy at Garden Island dockyard and worked mostly on on Port Phillip and later Jervis Bay. It was restored by apprentice shipwrights from Australian Defence Industries in the late 1980s and presented to the museum.
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Motor Boat 172 was built by the Royal Australian Navy as a naval officers' launch at the Garden Island Naval Dockyard, Sydney in 1937. MB172 spent a short period in Darwin Harbour before being sent to the naval shore establishment HMAS LONSDALE in Port Melbourne in 1940. From 1957 through to the 1970s MB 172 was attached to the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS CRESWELL at Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
Elegant timber launches such as this were eventually replaced by fibreglass and aluminium general purpose utility boats.
When MB 172 was decommissioned, it was stored ashore for many years and stripped of all reusable equipment. It was later transferred from the Royal Australian Navy to the Australian National Maritime Museum. In the late 1980s apprentice shipwrights at Australian Defence Industries rebuilt the launch at its yard in Ryde, New South Wales and fabricated fittings at its Rosebery foundry.
It is now used as a work boat for transporting guests and museum personnel on Sydney Harbour.
We offer a truly unique excursion experience for students and teachers alike.
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777