Name: Monty
Boat Owner: Living Boat Trust Inc
Designer: Rear Admiral Victor Alexander Montagu
Builder: RAN Dockyard

(Raid entry) Although many hundreds of Montagu whalers were built, very few remain on the water. This is the last Australian-built Montagu whaler still afloat in Tasmania, and is currently used as an expedition boat for the Living Boat Trust’s small boat Raids. The Montagu whalers were a multi-purpose ship’s boat, able to be rowed or sailed for utility or rescue purposes. With the introduction of modern utility and rescue vessels, the Australian Navy distributed their wooden whalers to Naval Cadet Units for youth training purposes. This example had been with T.S. Mersey before being restored by the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin and then transferred to the Living Boat Trust, Franklin where it is used as an expedition and training vessel. The Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin partnered with Colony 47 and Huonville High School to undertake the restoration which provided a training environment for a diverse group of women, men and high school students. Cody Horgan, a very experienced shipwright from the Australian National Maritime Museum guided the restoration. Jon Vey-Cox and the Living Boat Trust also worked to complete the restoration for relaunch 2017.

LOD feet: 27
Hull Timber: Kauri
Type of Boat: Montague Whaler
State: Tasmania
Built: 1953
Location: WMD