The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) is undertaking a complete restoration of the Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) Tacoma. It is Australia’s first purpose built purse seine fishing boat. As a tuna clipper, it changed the course of pelagic fishing in Australia.
With the help of many volunteers and sponsors, this project commemorates the story of the pioneering fishing Haldane family from Port Fairy, the construction of one of the most historically significant vessels ever built in Australia and the impact this vessel made in the development of the tuna and prawn fishing industries in Port Lincoln in South Australia.
Members of the TPS are a group of individuals who believe a boat is seen at its best in the environment for which it was built – the sea.
Port Lincoln Community Pontoon
The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) has engaged with the current and previous Port Lincoln Councils for more than a decade to encourage the construction of a general-purpose, 90-metre x 200 tonne capacity community pontoon in the Lincoln Cove Marina, adjacent to the Fishermen’s Memorial and Marina Hotel.
The TPS believes this would be a win-win development for nautical based tourism, recreational boaties and fishers, the Port Lincoln community and provide an accessible, high profile future location for the MFV Tacoma. It would provide the Port Lincoln community easier water access at the marina.
Our proposal suggests Council apply for funds from the State Government’s Boating Facilities Fund, thus minimizing Council’s financial commitment to the project. Only local councils and large community organisations are able to apply for Boating Facility Funds. Additional funding options from private and corporate sources could also be pursued.
Lincoln Cove Marina boat owners contribute between $37.00 and $281.00 per year to the fund, depending on the length of their vessel. The financial contribution to the fund from Lincoln Cove boat owners has been substantial over a long period.
Four Port Lincoln museums have voiced support for relocating the historic fishing vessel Tacoma to a more prominent location to advance the city’s tourism industry.
Local tourism operators have voiced support for a proposal to relocate the historic fishing festival Tacoma to a more prominent location in the Lincoln Cove Marina.
The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) has written to ten potential councillors and two mayoral candidates asking them to indicate their support for the construction of a 90-metre x 200 tonne capacity community pontoon in the Lincoln Cove Marina, adjacent to the Fishermen’s Memorial and Marina Hotel.
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The MFV Tacoma is moored at the end of Sandy Point Drive, off Laguna Drive in stage two of the Port Lincoln Marina.
Volunteers work on the preservation of the vessel every Friday. If you’d like a tour of the Tacoma, guides can show you around. The cost is $15.00 per person. Tours start from 10.00am.