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Storm Bay', 54' Tasmanian fishing 'smack' (1925)
She was gaff rigged with topsail, fishing took place while the boat drifted under a double reefed mainsail. The 'couta jig or lure was a piece of white Huon Pine about 6' long, tapered with two big barbless hooks, attached to a linked wire chain, fastened to a 15 foot Sassafras sapling. With no refrigeration, 'Storm Bay' had a wet well made of 4' thick Huon pine.
'Storm Bay' ~ a Tasmanian treasure in pictures.
The Bridge family owned 'Storm Bay' from 1925 until 1963, looking after her like a yacht. George's grandson Jim Bridge of Lutana, followed in the family business and fished for 14 years aboard 'Storm Bay' during the 1940's and 50's. Prior to her restoration she was a crayboat operating out of St. Helens, acquiring a wheel house along the way. She was bought by Tim Phillips of The Wooden Boatshop who restored her to original condition as a sailing vessel.
'I feel quite humble to own a boat as significant as 'Storm Bay' says Tim 'If I eventually sell her I will endeavour to make sure she returns to Tasmanian waters as she is a treasure.'