Built by well known Tasmanian craftsman, Dean Wilson, in 1964, Carolyn began life as the Amelia II. She was built in Smithton as an aft wheelhouse crayboat, fishing in Tasmanian waters until disaster struck in 1989. Attempting to cross the St Helen’s bar, she rolled and tragically the skipper Bob Davison was lost; his body never recovered. The only other crew, Bob’s son, survived and was rescued.
John Wells, owner of the original Margate Marina, salvaged her and after plugging the wet well converted her to a motor sailer pleasure craft renamed, Wrestashore. The original Gardner 6L W was stripped and rebuilt and still powers the boat today.
John and his wife sailed in company with the Cruising Yacht Club, being a regular participant in the round Tasmania event. They also took Wrestashore up the eastern seaboard of Australia. Now called Carolyn, her distinctive hull is still well recognised by boaties who regale us with stories of past adventures on her, in company with John Wells.
Participating in the Wooden Boat Festival biannually is a joy, as we never fail to meet people who have tales to tell of her history, and love to clamour aboard to drool over the Gardner engine once more.