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AKARANA under sail in Sydney Harbour

Date: 1890s
Mount: 510 x 409 x 8 mm
152 x 202 mm
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Wendy Smith
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00003018
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Sydney Harbour,

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    This photographic print on paper from circa 1890s depicts the 39-foot gaff cutter AKARANA sailing in Sydney Harbour. The yacht belonged to the Abraham family in Sydney in the 1890s.

    SignificanceThis photograph not only displays early yacht-building techniques, it is demonstrative of the close ties between Australian and New Zealand yacht sailing during the late 19th century. AKARANA is also the only Australian example of a design by Robert Logan and shows his unique method of triple-skinned yacht construction.
    HistoryAKARANA was built in Auckland, New Zealand in 1888 by Robert Logan, an established boat builder in 19th century New Zealand. It was primarily built as a racing vessel and its name derived from the Maori transliteration of the English place name 'Auckland'. AKARANA was shipped by Logan to Melbourne specifically for the 1888 Centennial International Regatta to be held late in that year. In the Melbourne regatta, AKARANA won a lead up event and then one of the feature races on the programme but fared poorly in another two races when the gear failed early on each time. It then came to Sydney for the Anniversary Regatta in 1889, and won the race for its class on handicap.

    Logan then sold the boat in Sydney but the new owner and other subsequent owners used the AKARANA mainly for cruising. It was well-known on Sydney Harbour and Broken Bay, and sailed up the Hawkesbury River toward Windsor on one expedition.

    Over many years AKARANA underwent a number of changes to its keel, rig and layout. After having numerous owners, the AKARANA became neglected in Sydney Harbour up until 1987 and the New Zealand Government purchased the yacht. They funded a major restoration project and AKARANA became a Bi-Centennial gift from New Zealand to Australia in 1988.

    Previous owners of AKARANA:

    John S Abraham, 1889-1899

    Calveley C McEwen, 1899-1901

    Charles H Relph, 1901-1902

    Kenneth I Love, 1902-1907

    George Robinson, 1907-1909

    James A Ingham, 1909-1910

    Frederick R Poole, 1910-1913

    Charles DW Wray, 1913-1915

    Frank O Day, 1915

    Henry V Carr, 1915

    Henry C Pritchard, 1916

    Jack, Mim and Roy Leigh, 1916-1938

    Gordon Butcher, 1938-circa1942

    Bill Gardiner, circa 1942

    John Barber, 1949-1952

    Eddie Kleeson, 1956-1984

    John and Molly Beach, 1956-1984

    Mark and Wendy Smith, 1984-1987

    Andrew Bishop, 1987-1988

    New Zealand Government, 1988
    Additional Titles

    Web title: AKARANA under sail in Sydney Harbour

    Assigned title: Das Yacht AKARANA in Sydney

    Assigned title: Het jacht AKARANA in Sydney

    Related People
    Photographer: Henry King

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