History of 'Gretchen'

posted Oct 16, 2019, 2:46 AM by Richard Forster   [ updated Oct 20, 2019, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor ]
A visit to Franklin by Colin Harding during which he spotted 'Gretchen' tied up to the pontoon prompted him to query us to find out if she had been built by his stepfather Claude Wright.  A batch of documents in a file that had been forwarded to Martin Riddle confirmed that indeed she had - in Anglesea Army Barracks  in the late '50's, with original name Reangle.  The picture below shows her approaching completion, Claude Wright being the darker of the two men standing beside her.  The Gretchen webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yysehmjw) has been updated using all this new information, and includes a link to all the newly collated documents and pictures (https://tinyurl.com/y4zwgpcq).  Delve here for the mystery of that name.  Of particular interest is a lengthy discussion about experimenting with the leeboards (https://tinyurl.com/yxbwn2t4), still a matter of concern!

Colin was interested in the fate of the original Blaxland motor (second pic).  Anybody know? 

  Photos supplied by Colin Harding