Tathra Wharf Museum is launching a new display this month – the town’s first rescue vessel and possibly the only surviving canvas covered craft for surf conditions dating from the early 1900s.
The Tathra vessel provides an important link to surf boat development and has significant connection with the surf lifesaving movement locally and nationally.
A rare example of a small canvas covered wooden vessel, the details for its construction were probably gleaned from images and descriptions of surf craft in use at other locations. The open cockpit suggests that one or two people could sit in the well, similar to a canoe or kayak.
An invitation is extended to attend the museum’s volunteers Christmas party and unveiling of the new display on Saturday, December 15, at 5pm, all welcome.
Like most other volunteer organisations, more volunteers are drastically needed to keep the wonderful little museum open.
At this stage the museum is open for three hours on Friday and Monday and six hours on Saturday and Sundays. Without further volunteers the committee is considering reducing these times. A commitment of only three hours once a month is all that would be required to assist in maintaining the current opening hours.
This is a popular tourist attraction in our area and it would be a shame to see this facility not available for locals and visitors. For queries contact Anne on 0416 146 085.