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MYSTERY, 19 foot veteran speedboat

Date: 1931 - 1932
Dimensions:
Overall: 1650 x 5790 x 1675 mm
Display dimensions: 1650 x 1675 x 5790 mm
Vessel Dimensions: 5.8 m × 1.68 m × 0.23 m (19.03 ft × 5.51 ft × 0.75 ft)
Medium: Wood, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Powerboat
Object No: 00001232
Place Manufactured:Burraneer Bay

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    Description
    MYSTERY 19ft veteran speedboat built in 1931-32 by Jim Laing. MYSTERY was designed and built for the Port Hacking rowing and motor boat club and has a V8 Ford Vospor motor.
    SignificanceMYSTERY is an example of "people's boating", an activity that would be rather characteristic of Australian society of her time. Pleasure motorboating, which in most countries was confined to the well-to-do, who would employ professionals to produce their boats, was and is, in Australia, within the reach of the ordinary person, particularly
    so if that person happens to be one of those enterprising "give it a go" or "I'll do it myself" types such as Jim Laing.
    HistoryMYSTERY 19ft veteran speedboat built in 1931-32 by Jim Laing. Construction features include a hard chine hull of 6in kauri planking and a deck of 3 inch maple planking. MYSTERY was designed and built for Port Hacking rowing and motor boat club. MYSTERY has a V8 Ford Vospor motor. Installed in the 1950s this motor is not original. Speed attained was approximately 40mph in the 1970s

    The 5.8 m (19 ft) long veteran power boat or speed boat was built in 1931-32 by Jim Laing at Cronulla NSW. MYSTERY's design was based upon the American Hacker and ChrisCraft single chine hulls, popular in the USA and often featured in magazines. It is not an exact interpretation, the design shows features in its proportions and construction which a professional designer or builder would not have done. For example the hull sections forward develop considerable shape over a small distance rather then changing gradually along the forward third of the hull bottom. However, the craft performed satisfactorily for its owners and is an excellent example of the period when home made ingenuity using available information and materials was often the only way a luxury item could be obtained.

    The construction features include a hard chine hull of 150 mm (6 in) wide kauri planking and a deck of 75 mm (3 in) maple planking. MYSTERY was designed and built for use with the Port Hacking Rowing and Motor Boat Club. It has a V8 Ford Vospor petrol motor which was installed in the 1950s, replacing the original motor. The speed attained was approximately 40mph in the 1970s.

    Late in the 1980s MYSTERY was acquired by the Australian National Maritime Museum and became part of the National Maritime Collection.
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    Designer: Jim Laing

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