Launching of HMAS WARREGO II at Cockatoo Island Dockyard

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    Photograph of shipwrights celebrating the launch of HMAS WARREGO at Cockatoo Island Dockyard. It shows the custom whereby the shipwrights who had 'railed up' or readied the vessel for launch on the slipway were rewarded with a keg of beer. The barrel is on a stand outside a shed on Cockatoo Island.

    This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

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    Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

    Object no. 00020165

    Aussie-Pete 4, QNZX, aquietlife~M, and 50 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Aussie-Pete 4 63 months ago | reply

      Great Aussie photo

    2. pellethepoet 63 months ago | reply

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Barrel_Polka

      "Roll out the Barrel" scene from Listen to Britain (1942) ... youtu.be/uccPc19ZY_c?t=1m19s

    3. Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons 62 months ago | reply

      Plastic Transport pellethepoet correct! We have the nitrate negative. It's such a wonderful pic :)
      Love it pelle :-P

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