Featured July 2009 The Nautical Group Thank you!
Active II was built onsite (Adelaide Maritime Museum) in 1985. Designed to be a typical 1880’s ketch, the shipwrights took great pains to esnure that the vessel would be truly ship shape, even if it was never destined to catch the wind in its sails. Actve II was rigged by the generosity of the family of H.R. Doc Begg (1893-1971) who loved the sea and the ships that sailed thereon.
Active I was built in 1873 by J. Lowen of Port Adelaide and worked the South Australian coastal waters until 1959. An early example of a locally built ketch, Active I began and ended her life in Port Adelaide. In 1889 she collided with SS Wilcannia and was crushed and sunk at Dunn’s Wharf Port Adelaide. After being almost completely rebuilt she continued to work South Australian and interstate waters until 1959 when it was procliamed derelict. Active I was demolished in the Port River near the Jervois Bridge.
Active II serves the sea without getting wet. Her decks have been tramped by many feet, some young and some old (remembering), My grandchildren were amongst those feet … and I thank the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide for shared experiences and interesting conversations sparked by our visit.
Nikon D90 1/60 38mm F/4.5 ISO 800 (Flash mode)