Restored William the Fourth steam-powered boat returns to Newcastle waters

SAVED: This restored steam boat has sailed back into Newcastle. It’s going to be berthed at Lee Wharf as a tourism attraction. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIT HAS taken 10years of hard work, but theWilliam the Fourthvessel has finally returned to Newcastle harbour.
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The working copy of the first steam-powered ship to be built in was constructedfor the 1988 bicentenary in Newcastle, but has been out of the water for more than a decade.

“It is fairly well-known, but mostly forgotten about,”Bob Cook, secretary of William the Fourth said.

“Optimistically we thought we would have the renovation done [in 2013], we thought it would go quickly, but we just couldn’t raise the money.

“Bringing the ship to its home berth is fundamentally the end of thislong project.”

The replica was constructed on the banks of the river in Raymond Terrace.It was was taken over by the William the Fourth group about 10 years ago,after Newcastle City Council decided to offload it.

Restored William the Fourth returns to Newcastle waters William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

HISTORIC: Project Manager Bob Cook is thankful for the donation of two diesel engines. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

William the Fourth. Picture: Dean Osland/2013

NOW: Looking much better in 2018. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NOW: Looking much better in 2018. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Take a look back into the archivesUp until this year, a lack of money had halted the restoration works, but theHunter and Central Coast DevelopmentCorporation stepped in and funded the project.

HCCDC Chief Operating Officer Valentina Misevska said the voyage from concept to delivery has been a labour of love for a crew of passionate volunteers.

“William the Fourth project was one of the original funding applications for the NPCC, and today’s docking at Honeysuckle demonstrates community outcomes that can be celebrated for years to come,” she said.

“I know that many people have been involved in this initiative, which is important acknowledgement of maritime history and also presents a new opportunity for training and education moving forward.”

The steam boat willtake up residence for the next 12 months at Lee Wharf and operate as a new tourism attraction, running chartered tours of the harbour and education programs for schools.

“What was lost, has now been found,” Mr Cook said.

“We have saved a piece of our history.”

HISTORY OF WILLIAM THE FOURTH

THE William The Fourth was the first coastal steamer wholly built in .

Launched on October 22, 1831, the vessel became legendary in ’s maritime history.

It was built at the Deptford yards of William Lowe and James Marshall at Clarence Town on the Williams River and operated on the Hunter until the end of 1835, with occasional trips to Port Stephens, Carrington and Brisbane Waters.

It went on to provide a service to Port Macquarie in 1836 and operated on the South Coast to Jervis Bay in the 1840s, before ending up in China in the river trade in the early 1860s.

The last record of its existence was in 1866.

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