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Vessel MIRANDA in dry dock/ slipway, Sydney Harbour

Date: c 1887
Dimensions:
Overall: 125 x 162 mm
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Bruce Stannard
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00002633
Place Manufactured:Sydney Harbour

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    Description
    MIRANDA was a racing yacht built in 1887 for John Henry Want. (Want is possibly the man sitting at the left of this photograph.) This image is likely to have been taken 5 December 1887, when, during the launch of ERA at Rountrees Dock in Balmain, attendees also visited the newly built MIRANDA.
    SignificanceThe Hall photographic collection provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour from the 1890s to the 1930s. The collection documents the lively sailing scene in Sydney during this period and features images of vessels ranging from large racing and cruising yachts to the great array of skiffs and the emerging technologies of motorboats. Images of many of Sydney Harbour's iconic vessels, such as MIRANDA, are also included in this visual record.
    HistoryYachting was a major pastime on Sydney Harbour, and well-established by the mid-1800s. A number of clubs were formed, catering for all classes and types of sailing vessel, and for their owners from different backgrounds. Yachts tended to belong to successful businessmen, and their clubs such as the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron reflected the class structure of the time.

    Races were held throughout summertime, and in Sydney most were restricted to Sydney Harbour and other enclosed waterways, with occasional short offshore events. It was popular with the public who came to watch many important races and regattas when they were held on the harbour, gathering on the foreshores or watching from ferries that followed the races. Races were widely reported in the media as well, including drawn illustrations of the yachts, which were later replaced by early versions of photographs.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: LARGE SHIP VIEWED FROM STERN IN DRY DOCK / SLIPWAY

    Web title: Vessel MIRANDA in dry dock/ slipway, Sydney Harbour

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