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18-foot skiffs milling next to Clark Island, Sydney | by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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18-foot skiffs milling next to Clark Island, Sydney

In his book The Blue-water Bushmen: The Colourful Story of Australia's Best and Boldest Boatmen, Bruce Stannard notes that all the open boats that raced on the harbour, usually met together in the sheltered area of Clark Island before the gun signalled the start of the race.


This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s William J Hall collection. The Hall collection provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour, from the 1890s to the 1930s – from large racing and cruising yachts, to the many and varied skiffs jostling on the harbour, to the new phenomenon of motor boating in the early twentieth century. The collection also includes studio portraits and images of the many spectators and crowds who followed the sailing races.


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Object number 00002590


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Taken sometime in 1905