Vanity - from construction to commencement of restoration.
Vanity in 1912 soon after launching in November 1911 (from Broxam 1996)
Vanity was the fourth of the One Designs launched.
Hobart Mercury Friday 3 November 1911, page 3 (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10119278)
LAUNCH OF THE VANITY
Another very pleasant function, which marks a step forward in Tasmanian yachting, took place at Mr. C. Lucas's shipyard yesterday evening when the fourth of the one-design class established by the R.Y.CT. took the water. There was a very large and representative gathering, which indicated the interest now taken in this class. Those present included Alderman and Mrs. Alfred Crisp, Mrs. W. F. Darling, Mrs. W. E Taylor, and several other ladies, while amongst the prominent yachtsmen were Messrs. H. W. Knight, E. H. Webster, H.T. Denne, P. Douglas, J. W.Tarleton, A. and C. Oldmeadow, Russell Young,jun, D. Barclay, jun., R. Cowle, A. H.and C. Gillham, C Hurburgh, Colvin, Batt, and others. The proceedings were slightly delayed by a heavy rain squall, but when the signal was given the ribbon was cut by Miss Isabelle Ireland, and the bottle of wine successfully broken on the bows as the pretty little vessel gracefully glided into the water, and was christened Vanity. She was accompanied to the water by the hearty cheers of the spectators. She is painted white, with a red keel and red ribbon, and was as much admired as her three sisters as she floated easily in her native element gaily bedecked with bunting. After the ceremony her owners (Messrs. W.F. Darling, G. S. Crisp, and Dr Ireland) invited those present into the shed, where the commodore of the R.Y.C.T. (Mr P. C. Douglas) proposed "Success to the Vanity" and her owners. Mr Douglas offered his hearty congratulations to the owners, and said when it was remembered that it was barely 18 months ago since the originators of the one-design class met at Mr. Webster's house they had reason to be proud of now having four boats in the class, with a fifth nearly completed in Launceston, and which her owner (Mr Tinning) intended to sail round. He drew attention to the other yacht of similar build which was in the shed nearly ready for Mr. Shannon, of Geelong, and hoped that when she arrived in Victorian waters it would induce the yachtsmen there to favourably consider the proposal of adopting the class (Hear, hear.) He paid a graceful tribute to the builder (Mr. Chas. Lucas), who has built all four, and put splendid workmanship into them (Applause ) He hoped their new boat would be the forerunner of even more, and that the Vanity's career would obtain the success they deserved. (Applause.) The toast was received with musical honours, and Mr. Darling acknowledged the compliment on behalf of himself and partners in a very neat speech. He congratulated Mr Webster on the success of his efforts, and said it was practically due to him that the class was now firmly established, as he had really ordered three of the yachts (Applause.) He also thanked Mr. J Colvin for his efforts on behalf of the class, and hoped that his idea of inter-State contests would yet be realised. (Hear, hear) He also spoke in great praise of Mr Chas. Lucas, who had assisted them in every possible way. Dr Ireland also responded, and expressed the pleasure it gave him to do anything towards helping along such a manly and health-giving pastime as yachting. He was surprised that more people did not take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the noble Derwent, as he felt sure that one of the secrets of England's greatness was the prowess of her sons in seafaring matters. He hoped to derive much enjoyment from the new yacht, both in cruising, for which she was so admirably adapted, and in racing (Hear, hear.) The new boat for Mr. Shannon was much admired. She is painted black with a gold ribbon, and has a white streak on the green paint on her bottom. She also has a narrow rail, which greatly adds to her appearance."
Vanity went through a number of hands and transformations following
the demise of the One Designer class. I am indebted to Mori Flapan and
OF AUSTRALIAN AND
References: (P) means photo, (D) means drawing Australian Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine: 1925/5,1925/6,1925/8,1925/12,1926/4(P),1926/5,1926/6(P),1927/9,1927/10,1927/12,1928/2,1928/6,1928/12:
National Archives of Australia website
Register of Australian and NZ Ships 1917, 1928, 1946
The Anchor Magazine 1912/1/11(P,Dprofile,lines&sail) also 1911/11/30,1911/12/14,1912/1/11,1912/3/7,1912/3/21(P)
Anchor magazine is on microfilm at the Mitchell Library in Sydney. It has some very detailed articles on the one-design boats.
Possibly more in Hobart Register No.18 of 1914 and No.4 of 1933. Microfilm copies of these registers are held at the Australian National Maritime Museum Library in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The following are from the Archives Office of Tasmania (Images Ph30/1/1260/29, NS543/1/1872, NS543/1/1872 and NS778/1/166 I'm not sure which image is which number as the photos weren't marked)
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