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Three Men and a Boat

 

The Story of the Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) Tacoma

The date was September 18th 1944. That was the day the Haldane brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie got the phone call from the stationmaster at Port Fairy. “Your logs have arrived,” he said.

Seven years of hard work was about to begin.

There were six logs in all. The longest was 70ft. The brothers had selected it for the keel from the Otway Ranges. It weighed eight tons. All up, the logs weighed 25 tons. There were no cranes at Port Fairy big enough to handle them. They constructed lifting frames and with pulley blocks and timber jinkers, they man handled the logs to their vacant house block on the banks of the Moyne River, where the boat was to be built.



MFV Tacoma and the Haldane family -
Pioneers in Australia’s commercial fishing industry

by John E Plevin
March 2000

click here to read more...



Pride of the Port – the pioneering tuna clipper Tacoma
by Bruce Stannard
August 2014 number 298

click here to read Afloat Magazine Story...

 

Purchase the 'Three Men and a Boat' DVD

 
Three Men and a Boat 

  view preview
 


 

THE BOAT SHOP...


>> Go Shopping!

 

If you ever need to transfer online funds to the Tacoma Preservation Society, deposit details are:

Organisation: Tacoma Preservation Society
Bank:               Bank SA
BSB:                105036
Account #:    101049340
Please use your name as reference number

 

 

 

History

Three Men and a Boat

 

The Story of the Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) Tacoma

The date was September 18th 1944. That was the day the Haldane brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie got the phone call from the stationmaster at Port Fairy. “Your logs have arrived,” he said.

Seven years of hard work was about to begin.

There were six logs in all. The longest was 70ft. The brothers had selected it for the keel from the Otway Ranges. It weighed eight tons. All up, the logs weighed 25 tons. There were no cranes at Port Fairy big enough to handle them. They constructed lifting frames and with pulley blocks and timber jinkers, they man handled the logs to their vacant house block on the banks of the Moyne River, where the boat was to be built.



MFV Tacoma and the Haldane family -
Pioneers in Australia’s commercial fishing industry

by John E Plevin
March 2000

click here to read more...



Pride of the Port – the pioneering tuna clipper Tacoma
by Bruce Stannard
August 2014 number 298

click here to read Afloat Magazine Story...

 

Purchase the 'Three Men and a Boat' DVD

 
Three Men and a Boat 

  view preview
 


 

THE BOAT SHOP...


>> Go Shopping!

 

If you ever need to transfer online funds to the Tacoma Preservation Society, deposit details are:

Organisation: Tacoma Preservation Society
Bank:               Bank SA
BSB:                105036
Account #:    101049340
Please use your name as reference number