"The steam tug Wattle is historically, socially and technologically significant at the national level as the only small harbour steam tug still surviving in Australia."
Wattle's HistoryThere are several distinct eras in the history of this vessel. Click here for a detailed, illustrated history of Wattle's life up to 2010. Click the links below or see the menu for each era and activities.
- RAN Career, 1932 to 1969: Wattle's construction and career as a non-commissioned vessel of the Royal Australian Navy.
- Saved from the Scrapyard, 1969 to 1979: Sydney-based enthusiasts rescue Wattle from a trip to the scrapyard, forming an association with the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
- Melbourne Pleasure Steamer, 1979 to 2007: A volunteer group brings Wattle to Melbourne to restore, then it becomes an iconic sight on Port Phillip, sailing on outings and excursions.
- Restoration Journey, 2007 to 2015: Wattle is hoisted onto the hard to undergo major restoration work.
- Back in the Water, 2015 to present: Wattle returns to the water for further restoration, and in 2019 sails again on Port Phillip.
- Wattle's Technical Specifications