Motor Launch Egeria

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ONE of Hobart’s historic vessels will celebrate 80 years on the water with a birthday party and open day this month.

A familiar sight on Hobart’s waterways, the Motor Launch Egeria will mark the special occasion with a party at the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania in Lindisfarne on Wednesday 20 October, with the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, in attendance.

The vessel will also be open for public inspection at her MYCT berth between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 23 October. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Built in the Purdon and Featherston yard at Battery Point and launched on 20 October 1941, the ML Egeria has performed various roles over the decades - from patrolling the Derwent for the Royal Australian Navy, to carrying visiting dignitaries including Prince Charles and Princess Dianna.

These days the Egeria earns her keep by undertaking numerous charters and the ever-popular dinner cruises. Her 10,000th passenger is expected to board sometime this month.

The Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania has owned the Egeria since 2007 and has undertaken extensive restoration work including installing a new deck, re-splining the hull and renewing the electrical systems.

Most of the work has been done by the 25-strong volunteer crew, which has received grants from organisations like the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Tasmanian Community Fund chair Sally Darke said the Board was proud to be able to support the restoration of the Egeria, as the vessel was an important part of Hobart’s history.

“Our communities are evolving, and the Tasmanian Community Fund is committed to enabling projects and programs that meet the changing needs of our communities,” she said.

“We look forward to seeing this project realised on the water later this month.”