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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.

As an active seagoing vessel, it will be preserved for all time for everyone to enjoy. The story of how the MFV Tacoma was built and how it was used in the fishing industry becomes more alive to people when they can see, touch and feel the motion of the boat and learn about it’s history on the water.

The MFV Tacoma, launched in 1951 in Port Fairy, is on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. To be registered ‘a vessel must be associated with people or events that have contributed to Australia’s maritime history. It must be a rare or important example of its type, designer, builder, class, construction or period. It must teach us about some aspect of maritime history. It must have special value to its community. It must have been built before 1965 and be intact or relatively intact’. The MFV Tacoma fits all of these criteria.

The 120-ton 84ft wooden tuna clipper MFV Tacoma has been donated by the Haldane family to the people of Australia. You own a share of this vessel. Why don’t you become an active member or a passive supporter of the Tacoma Preservation Society?

We’d be delighted to hear from you. We love this vessel - and we know you will love it to.

- The TPS Crew

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Tacoma Mens Poling Trip

2023 Men’s Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #2

2023 Men's Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #2 February 17th to 22nd 2023 Scan the horizon searching for schools of SBT Experience the smells and sounds of the engine room Enjoy a night at anchor around the galley table, warmed by the AGA cooker Stand in the lofty pilots house amid the chatter of radios, surrounded by charts and log books ...
MFV Tacoma

2022 Tacoma General Cruises & Trips

2022 Tacoma General Cruises & Trips Boston Bay Cruise Harbour Cruise Blessing of the Fleet Cruise Taylor Island Cruise Cost: Boston Bay & Harbour Cruises: A minimum of $1,500 for a maximum of 49 passengers. A limited number of places are available for the Taylor Island & Blessing of the Fleet trips. What we provide: Complimentary coffee, tea and water ...
Tacoma Tune Poling Trips

2023 Ladies’ Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #1

2023 Ladies' Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #1 February 10th to 12th 2023 Scan the horizon searching for schools of SBT Experience the smells and sounds of the engine room Enjoy a night at anchor around the galley table, warmed by the AGA cooker Stand in the lofty pilots house amid the chatter of radios, surrounded by charts and log books ...
Tacoma Preservation Society Members

2023 Ladies’ Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #2

2023 Ladies' Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #2 February 24th to 28th 2023 Scan the horizon searching for schools of SBT Experience the smells and sounds of the engine room Enjoy a night at anchor around the galley table, warmed by the AGA cooker Stand in the lofty pilots house amid the chatter of radios, surrounded by charts and log books ...
Tacoma Mens Poling Trip

2023 Men’s Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #1

2023 Men's Tuna Poling Fishing Trip #1 February 3rd to 8th 2023 Scan the horizon searching for schools of SBT Experience the smells and sounds of the engine room Enjoy a night at anchor around the galley table, warmed by the AGA cooker Stand in the lofty pilots house amid the chatter of radios, surrounded by charts and log books ...

Creek to Coast – Tacoma

Creek to Coast: The Haldane brothers and the beginning of tuna fishing in Port Lincoln 8th June 2019 Tuna fishing in Port Lincoln, where it all began. This is a story about three young men who had a dream - not a little dream, but a big dream - and being young and fearless, they made their dream happen. The Haldane boys, ...

Boating Facility Levy – Peter Treloar MP

SA Parliament Hansard - Boating facilities levy 19th October 2017 Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (12:55): I rise today to support the very excellent motion brought to us by the member for Chaffey: That this house- (a) acknowledges the importance of having safe and adequate boating facilities across South Australia for boat owners and fishers; (b) condemns the state government for leaving ...

Society taking tuna to market

Port Lincoln Times: Society taking tuna to market 20th March 2017 The Tacoma Preservation Society is hoping to branch out with its tourism trips by offering Adelaide shoppers a taste of South Australian tuna. For the first time the society supplied an Adelaide supermarket with tuna caught during its February/March tuna poling trips. A three-day women's trip was unsuccessful in ...

Rowan Ramsay MP supports Tacoma Marina berth

Rowan Ramsay MP supports Tacoma Marina berth Port Lincoln Times, 22nd February 2017 A Fisherman's Memorial Promenade and Passenger Terminal is being planned as part of a community marina facility for Lincoln Cove at Port Lincoln. The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) is making application to the Building Better Regions Fund under the Infrastructure Projects Stream for $140,000 to ensure a ...

Pontoon space should be for all

Pontoon space should be for all Port Lincoln Times, 17th January 2017 THE Port Lincoln City Council will ask the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for a three month extension to the closing date of proposal requests, due on January 31, for the waterway next to the Marina Hotel. In December last year the department issued a request for proposals to develop a ...

Pictorial Annual Taylor’s Island wool clip run by the MFV Tacoma

Annual Taylor's Island wool clip run by MVF Tacoma Taylor's & Tacoma, 21st November 2016 MFV Tacoma: 84ft, launched 1951 at Pt Fairy, Victoria. A gracious wooden boat on it's annual wool clip run. VIEW FULL GALLERY

MFV Tacoma Plan Approved

MFV Tacoma Plan Approved At last nights Port Lincoln Council DAP meeting, the Tacoma Preservation Society's (TPS) application to build a pontoon structure within the Lincoln Cove Marina was approved. "It's taken a lot of effort and input from a number of people, organisations and government departments and we are delighted that the Council's planning committee has given our community ...

Preserving Tacoma, a new life for a historic tuna boat

Preserving Tacoma, a new life for a historic tuna boat Signals Quarterly, Sept/Oct/Nov 2016 Thousands of wooden fishing boats are slowly rotting in a quiet grave - a backyard, a muddy mangrove swamp or a lonely boatyard. One vessel saved from this fate by a group of volunteers is the MFV Tacoma, a South Australian tuna clipper from the 1950s, ...

Tacoma program raises $15,000

Tacoma program raises $15,000 Port Lincoln Times, 21st July 2016 MORE than $15,000 has been raised for local charities over the past three years through the Tacoma Preservation Society's charity program. Secretary Leonie Sawyer said groups that had benefited from the program included Meals on Wheels, the National Servicemen's Association, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Novita and more. The society ...

Tacoma history shared across state

Tacoma history shared across state Port Lincoln Times, 14th June 2016 The story of Port Lincoln's historic tuna boat, the MFV Tacoma, will be featured this weekend on SALIFE television. Presenter Briony Hume said she loved visiting Eyre Peninsula and was fascinated to learn about the Tacoma and its "surprisingly difficult and sad history" on her last visit to Port ...

MFV Tacoma’s JAGAARD DOCK

MVF Tacoma's JANGAARD DOCK The Tacoma Preservation Society's (TPS) development application for its proposed marina berth has achieved another milestone in its endeavours to gain access to the Fisherman's Memorial site in the Marina. Following a very productive face-to-face meeting with a number of personnel from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in Adelaide, the TPS has agreed ...

‘JANGAARD DOCK’ – proposed new home

JANGAARD DOCK - MFV Tacoma's proposed new home The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) has made a development application to the Port Lincoln Council to install a new pontoon structure, adjacent to the Lincoln Cove Marina Fisherman's Memorial. If successful, the pontoon will be the new home for the historic MFV Tacoma, the vessel that pioneered the tuna industry in Port ...

MFV Tacoma applies for new home

MFV Tacoma applies for new home The Tacoma Preservation Society (TPS) has made a development application to the Port Lincoln Council to install a new pontoon structure adjacent to the Lincoln Cove Marina Fisherman's Memorial. The application, if approved, will open up the possibility for the TPS gaining a lease of the area following a public application process by the ...

“Young Men and the Sea”

Young Men and the Sea Great Ocean Quarterly, 2014 Stroll the boardwalk of any fishing hamlet and it's hard not to reflect on past times: boats arriving with salty fishermen, rusty hooks and fish scales drying in the sun. Canvas drumming in the wind, bending to the heavy air of southern chill; wet, cold salt on a sun-carved face. Along ...

Three Men & A Boat – The MFV Tacoma Story DVD

Three Men & a Boat - the MFV Tacoma Story DVD The three men are pioneering boat building brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie Haldane and the boat is the MFV Tacoma, built on the banks of the Moyne River at Port Fairy in Victoria and launched in 1951. It is Australia's first purse seiner tuna clipper. It raised the technology ...

Three Men & a Boat – The MFV Tacoma Story

Three Men & a Boat - the MFV Tacoma Story The three men are pioneering boat building brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie Haldane and the boat is the MFV Tacoma, built on the banks of the Moyne River at Port Fairy in Victoria and launched in 1951. It is Australia's first purse seiner tuna clipper. It raised the technology and ...

Three Men & a Boat – the MFV Tacoma Story

Three Men & a Boat - the MFV Tacoma Story The three men are pioneering boat building brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie Haldane and the boat is the MFV Tacoma, built on the banks of the Moyne River at Port Fairy in Victoria and launched in 1951. It is Australia's first purse seiner tuna clipper. It raised the technology and ...

Trip of Success for Tacoma

Trip of success for Tacoma Port Lincoln Times, March 2012

Tacoma returns to Port Fairy

TACOMA returns to Port Fairy - almost! The historically significant 84 ft wooden tuna clipper MFV Tacoma recently attempted to return to Port Fairy, sixty years after it was launched but poor weather and rising seas made the task too difficult. The Tacoma was built by brothers Bill, Alan and Hughie Haldane on the banks of the Moyne River. The ...

Sixty Years Later

Sixty Years Later Moyne Gazette, April 2011 The 84 foot motor fishing vessel, Tacoma, is expected to arrive at Port Fairy on Friday or Saturday, February 18/19. This will be the first visit to the port by the vessel since it was launched in the Moyne on November 5, 1951. The Tacoma will be en route to its home port, ...

Come Aboard...

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.

Please phone the Tacoma Preservation Society on
0428 821 125 to confirm a time to suit you.