Type: Officers’ Launch
At: Naval Dockyard, Garden Island, Sydney
Length: 39 feet
Beam: 11 feet 5 inches
Draft: 4 feet
Displacement: 10 tons
Construction: Carvel, spotted gum planking and ribbing, teak cabin
Engine: 6-cylinder TAMD 41 Volvo Penta C diesel 147 kW
Australian National Maritime Museum
GPO Box 5131
Sydney, NSW 2001
+61 2 9298 3777
Fax: +61 2 9298 3780
Latitude: -33.8687108204, Longitude: 151.199579817
Now used for transporting Museum personnel and guests on Sydney harbor, she was built as a Navy dockyard officers launch. While the official Navy pennant number MB 172 has been retained, the launch has been named Epic Lass in honor of Taubmans Industries Ltd. (Epiglass Australia) which assisted with the vessel’s restoration.
Much of MB172’s service life was spent in Darwin. However, fiberglass and aluminum utility boats eventually displaced elegant timber launches, and she was decommissioned and stripped of all equipment. The boat was later transferred to the Museum by the Navy. Australian Defense Industries undertook the rebuilding at its Ryde, NSW, yard using some apprentice shipwright labour, and fabricated fittings at its Rosebery foundry. Volvo Penta distributor Eastern Engines Pty Ltd supplied a TAMD41 diesel engine at a generous discount, while Epiglass Australia was the major sponsor.