There’s movement afoot (or should we say afloat?) in Hobart’s Constitution Dock, the picturesque waterfront icon directly in front of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. For several years now, it has been home to a small collection of historic Tasmanian vessels, including the May Queen, Westward and Preana. Recently, the Sydney to Hobart pioneer Mistral II has joined the fleet, in preparation for a major restoration to take several years. The traditional Hobart Fish Punts (with a couple of new additions to the line-up, including an ice cream parlour and a pizza joint) occupy one whole wall of the dock on the northern side. And of course, the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival turns Constitution Dock into a colourful ‘water stage’ during the event, a-buzz with rowboats, mini-boats and the comical creations of the Quick ‘n’ Dirty Boat Building Challenge.
TasPorts has submitted a Development Application to the City of Hobart, stating that:
“The two primary aims of the project are to: increase the space available for community maritime events including the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the biannual Wooden Boat Festival; and to improve the safety of the berthing arrangements ensuring the ongoing viability of the historic use of Constitution Dock as a marina. Constitution Dock is historically a rallying point for the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and is also heavily utilised for the Wooden Boat Festival that occurs biannually.” (That should be biennially – Ed.)
The full plans are available for public inspection on the City of Hobart website here: