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18-ft skiff crew photographs of SCHEMER

Date: 1930
Dimensions:
Overall: 305 x 375 mm
Image: 170 x 125 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print mounted on card
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Patricia Lowing
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00025980
Place Manufactured:Brisbane

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    Description
    These photographs are important in documenting the sailing career of Patrick Edward Cotter who crewed and skippered 18-ft skiffs in Queensland in the 1920s and 30s. Patrick Cotter crewed on ABERDARE which won an unprecedented four consecutive Australian Championships in 1933-34, 1933-35, 1935-36, and 1936-37.

    SignificanceThese photographs are important in documenting the sailing career of Patrick Edward Cotter who crewed and skippered 18-ft skiffs in Queensland in the 1920s and 30s.
    HistoryQueensland has a long history of building and racing 18-ft sailing skiffs on the Brisbane River and produced innovative vessel designs in the first half of the 20th century that were frequently at odds with vessels deigned and raced in New South Wales. Queensland dominated the popular 16-ft sailing skiff class from 1919 and the same skills were soon applied to the 18-ft class.

    Queensland 18-ft skiff ABERDARE, known as the 'Galloping Ghost' was a radical departure from the traditional 18-ft skiff which carried voluminous sails and at least 12 crew. ABERDARE was carried less sail and with a crew of just 7 it achieved remarkable results in local and interstate competitions becoming a finely tuned racing machine. It held four consecutive Australian titles1933-34, 1933-35, 1935-36 and 1936-37 which finished in a dead heat.

    SCHEMER was built in 1927 and sailed with Brisbane 18-footers' Sailing Club. It was originally owned by a syndicate and was skippered by V Callaghan. The original sail insignia was a maroon and blue cross. The vessel was renamed EX QUEENSLANDER II

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