Looking for Lucy

posted May 23, 2017, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 23, 2017, 5:06 AM ]
Rob Linnell writes: 

'I'm trying to find out what happened to a particular boat. It was owned by my great grandfather, who built the Franklin Evaporator. It was built inside one of the timber sheds on the pier opposite the Bank building. It was built by William Ball, of huon pine, and was a 37 foot motor launch, with a narrow beam and shallow draft.  It was used to carry passengers up and down the river, and was used for holidays. My 96 year old father remembers the 'Lucy' and used to go on it when he was there during his school holidays as a young lad. He keeps wondering what happened to it. It was elongated by 10 feet around 1908 and was still being used by the family into the 1930's. That's when he lost track of it. It used to be moored in a boatshed on the other side of north Egg Island, at a property called Riversdale.  I've attached some photos, it's quite a distinctive boat.' 

The pics below (showing Lucy) are from a terrific series from around the start of the 20th century that Rob gave the LBT.  Contact him at roblinnell5@gmail.com if you have any information.