[An 18-foot Skiff On Sydney Harbour]. George Frederick Gregory Jnr, Aust.
[An 18-foot Skiff On Sydney Harbour]
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[An 18-foot Skiff On Sydney Harbour]

c1890s-1900s. Watercolour with white highlight, signed lower right, 34.4 x 53cm. Slight foxing, stains. Original frame.

This 18-foot skiff has a crescent moon insignia on its sail in red and black. This class of boat is called the “Aussie 18” due to its inherent connections to Australia. “In 1891 the successful Sydney businessman and entrepreneur Mark Foy was one of a group of people who established the Sydney Flying Squadron (SFS) for racing on the harbour. The club was established for working class sailors sailing in open boats whose proportions and build still had close connections to their working craft origins. It was a complete contrast to the elite yacht clubs with their fine vessels, sailing uniforms and gentlemanly ways…The SFS established a simple rule; to race with the club the boat could not be longer than 18 feet. At that length a simple, robust and affordable craft could be built.” Ref: ANMM.

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Item #CL194-73

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