Saving an iconic maritime structure in Tasmania where hundreds of boats were built

Saving an iconic maritime structure in Tasmania where hundreds of boats were built

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jay lawry started this petition to Huon Valley Council

The iconic Wilson Brother's Boatshed at 7161 Channel Highway Cygnet Tasmania was built in 1946 on the eastern shore of Port Cygnet. In the 75 years since then many hundreds of boats have been built and was the last location from which the three generations of Wilson's constructed Ships and Boats. Those vessels have graced the  waters of the Huon, Tasmania, Australia and the world. It has been in continuous use as a boatbuilding shed through all those years.

The shed itself is a simple timber and corrugated building over a slipway; it is draughty and noisy in a stiff breeze and the high tide comes in the doors. There are three levels with machinery and work benches, timber storage and sawdust. Much as it was when the first Wilson built boats 150 years ago.

Cygnet is a small community an hour's drive south of Hobart. It identifies itself very strongly with its shipbuilding and apple growing history and Wilson's Shed is the last of many sheds that lined the bays of the Huon River and the D'Entrecasteau Channel.

The loss of this building which is subject to a Huon Valley Council Demolition Order will seal the fate of tangible maritime history for all of Tasmania to written and photographic evidence alone.

I am a wooden boat restorer having worked for several Maritime Museums around the world. I have seen Museums spend vast amounts of effort and expense to replicate what presently exists in Cygnet.

Please sign this petition to request the Huon Valley Council and indeed the Government of Tasmania to embrace the retention of the Wilson's Boat Shed.

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