Floating in Constitution Dock in Hobart is Australia’s oldest sail trading vessel SV May Queen. A significant vessel in the maritime heritage of Australia, SV May Queen is listed at No. 22 on the World Ship Trust register of historic vessels and is included on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels.
Built before the development of roads and land transport routes, this type of vessel helped to establish and supply coastal communities and industry in the South East of Tasmania. The May Queen is recognised internationally as an authentic floating example of the sea craft technology of the mid 1800s.
The May Queen was built on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin, just upstream from where the Wooden Boat Centre is now located. Suitable timber growing near the banks of the river, or close by, was selected by the shipwright Alexander Lawson.
The May Queen is maintained entirely by volunteers. Throughout the year, and in the summer months, volunteers are on hand to show visitors around the vessel.
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