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Collection of Harbour Craft magazines

Date: 1932 - 1933
Dimensions:
Overall: 90 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Faye Magner
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0090

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    Description
    This archive series consists of 23 issues of Harbour Craft, an official magazine of open boat sailing clubs. The magazine included articles, news items and programs of races as well as advertisements. The series, collected by skiff sailor and builder George Robinson, date between 24 September 1932 and 1 April 1933.
    HistoryMr George Robinson (1894 - 1987), known widely as "Wee Georgie Robinson", was the designer, builder, owner and skipper of the champion skiff BRITANNIA throughout its working life.

    Robinson was a foreman shipwright at Cockatoo island, living on the Balmain waterfront for his whole life. He sailed in summer and played football in winter. Like his father, George Robinson became a boatbuilder and 18-Foot skiff skipper, starting as a bailer boy in his father's boat.

    In 1913 he built his first boat, a 6-foot skiff named BRITANNIA, and in 1919 he launched his 18-foot skiff of the same name. Over the next 25 years BRITANNIA became a champion, crewed by 11 family and footballers.

    Robinson built other craft including other skiffs, his own work launch, a yacht named WAITANGI and a series of Sabot class dinghies.

    Upon his death in 1987, his family donated various papers (programs, notebooks race records, magazines and newsletters) relating to BRITANNIA and the Sydney Flying Squadron collected by George Robinson to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Museum also holds half block models of boats he built.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Copies of "Harbour Craft" collected by Mr George ("Wee Georgie") Robinson

    Web title: Collection of Harbour Craft magazines

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