FASCINATING INSIGHT into the NAVAL and MARITIME HISTORY OF TOWNSVILLE
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Boat Shed

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Two wooden vessels held in the museum's collection are the MV Beth , and the wooden life boat from the hydrographic vessel Moorah.

The Beth was a 27 foot ‘lines launch' used for transferring large ships' mooring lines to wharf bollards in order for the ship to secure alongside. It spent its entire working life in Townsville.

Beth was carvel built (plank abutting plank) using hand made copper nails, by Hansen Brothers of Bowen in 1950 for Wally Price & Co. It was named after Wally Price's wife, Elizabeth. It was gifted to the museum by North Queensland Marine Towage.

The clinker built (planks overlapping) wooden lifeboat is from the Army's hydro graphic vessel Moorah, which spent a considerable time working in the Brisbane river. It was beautifully built and we are hoping that someone will be able to help us with some restoration work. It was used in Buz Luhrmann's film "Australia". It was used in Baz Luhrmann's film "Australia".


Lifeboat from the Moorah
Lifeboat from the Moorah