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Rowing shell from Bairnsdale Rowing Club

Date: c 1940
Overall: 330 x 11030 x 700 mm, 83 kg
Vessel Dimensions: 11.62 m × 0.71 m (38.13 ft × 2.33 ft)
Medium: Wood (meranti, cedar, oregon, spruce, pine), metal (copper, brass, steel), hemp rope, leather, varnish
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Bairnsdale Rowing Club
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Rowing scull
Object No: 00030897
Related Place:Bairnsdale,

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    This clinker-built timber Four from Bairnsdale Rowing Club in Victoria is a rare survivor. With space a premium in club boatsheds, old timber boats were usually destroyed to make way for the new lightweight shells.
    SignificanceThis rowing shell provides an important example of pre-war boat building materials and techniques. It also provides an evocative illustration of a style of sweep oar rowing enjoyed by thousands of school students and club members during the immediate post war period.
    HistoryThe design and technology of this Four is the same as Victorian Regulation Training Fours of the 1920s - 1930s, although this one may have been built some time later. Their all-purpose design was used for training by all men, women and children rowers in Victoria until the beginning of World War II. But the shortage of boats, labour and materials immediately after the war kept clinker boats in use in many clubs well into the 1960s.

    Bairnsdale Rowing Club was founded in 1873 on the Mitchell River in the Gippsland area of Victoria, where it held regular competitions. The club helped to produce many champion oarsmen and women.

    The club was closed in the 1960s until it reopened in 1987 and made an appeal for boats and oars from metropolitan rowing clubs. This resulted in the donation of the clinker rowing boat which has subsequently been donated to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Rowing shell from Bairnsdale Rowing Club

    Assigned title: Clinker Coxed Four Rowing Shell

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