SV Rhona H is now a Hobart icon; recognised as setting sail from Sullivans Cove year round as the oldest and smallest operating Tall Ship in Hobart.
She was professionally built by Tasmanian shipwright Ned Jack in the best of timbers, Huon Pine over Celery Top frames.
This 52ft Huon Pine fishing vessel was built for Frere Youl of Symmons Plains in 1942. She was sold around 1946 to Max Hardy, a Stanley fisherman. Max helped start the crayfish industry in North West Tasmania when he discovered crays on the rugged coast off northwest Tasmania. SV Rhona H fished commercially until converted for sail training and charter work in 1988. She has been across Bass Strait many times, travelling across to Queenscliff as well as to King and Flinders Islands.
Our Vision “Heritage Sailing Tasmania’s vision is to integrate traditional sailing, conservation and health promotion in Tasmania. We do this by aiming to provide our guests and all who sail with us a unique and personalised Tasmanian experience as they sail on an historic Tasmanian Tall Ship in our beautiful waterways.”
We promote treating yourself to a memorable Sightseeing and Sailing Cruise, as well as seeing the art of traditional sailing and skills: knots, splicing and fancy rope work.
An Historic Vessel built in Tasmania SV Rhona H is a classic gaff-rigged vessel built in 1942 in Tasmania. It is made from the best Tasmanian timber: Huon Pine hull, Celery Top decks and Tasmanian Oregon masts. It has traditionsl rigging, 2 timbermasts, 6 traditional handmade sails and authentic wooden blocks. No winches or roller furlers and it is sailed the traditional way. The SV Rhona H is a part of Tasmania’s history.
SV Rhona H is environmentally friendly. We use sail power most of the time as opposed to engine power. We sometimes have to use the engine however it only uses 4 litres of diesel an hour. We emphasise conservation especially marine conservation.