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Reproduced courtesy of the Allcot Trust


Date: 1923
Overall: 205 x 305 x 500 mm
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Allcot Trust
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00000636

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    A watercolour painting of the tugboat ROLLICKER by John Allcot.
    SignificanceThe ROLLICKER represented a new type of tug on her arrival in Newcastle in 1923, one of the strongest yet seen and certainly the largest privately owned tug in Australia. Too large as it turned out for Newcastle Harbour and she was sold to Nigeria in 1925.
    HistoryThe tugboat ROLLIICKER was built in 1919 by Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow. She was owned by the British Admiralty and registered in the port of London under a British flag. ROLLICKER arrived in Sydney in 1922 with local papers stating 'compared with tugs to which Sydney has been accustomed, the ROLLICKER with her two funnels and length of 175ft is a decided step forward. ROLLICKER is to undergo an overhaul in Sydney this week preparatory to being placed in commission' (Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 18 December 1922).
    Her trip out to Fremantle however was fraught with bad weather and the loss of the chief steward. The captain later stated that he 'had rarely had such a hard voyage as that from Colombo to Fremantle'. []
    John Allcot was the son of a master mariner and went to sea aged 16. In 1912 he settled in Sydney and began a long career painting ships and reconstructions of maritime events. He also painted landscapes and was awarded the OBE in 1970 and is gebnerally regarded as an exeptional maritime painter.

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