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THELMA under sail on Sydney Harbour

According to a Sydney Morning Herald article of 7 December 1889, THELMA was launched on Friday 6 December 1889 from the building yard of George Ellis at Waterview Bay, Balmain. The yacht was designed and built by Walter Reeks for for Mr J.F. Hoare of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

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  1. beachcomberaustralia says:

    THELMA was launched in December 1889. Unusually full description of the new yacht – trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13752379

  2. beachcomberaustralia says:

    I think this is before 1893 as the Garden Island sheerlegs are not there.

  3. Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Amazing description of THELMA, quite a beauty! Thanks BC

  4. quasymody says:

    nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63613349 this 1891 Illustrated Sydney News pic looks to have been taken maybe 20-30 seconds later! Wonderful action shot for the 1890s.

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