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This model of the M.V. Wyhuna was built by my non paternal grandfather in 1955.

Its a beautifully crafted scratch built model and hard to believe its 65 years old. 

It was built to enter a competition run by the Argus newspaper, which was a daily newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1846 and closed in 1957. It was the general Australian newspaper of record for this period. 

Im told he won three competitions, this model is at the family home, another went to a sister and a third went to be displayed at a modelling club. 

The Wyhuna is a former Port Phillip pilot cutter and Australian Maritime college training vessel. Built by Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow, Scotland. 

Its main task was to lead ships through Port Phillip heads renowned for being a very dangerous stretch of water which claimed many ships and lives. 

In recent years it was apparently saved through donations and returned to Melbourne, but I can't find a lot more about where it is today.

I grew up with this ship always sitting on a mantle piece and never really took a lot of notice of it. But now at 53 I've taken to modelling wooden ships, I've no doubt that now I have some time this was actually my inspiration.

Cheers

Peter. 

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Thank you Steven, that solves the little mystery. I'm hoping to visit Tasmania next year so I may get to see the ship. 

The company Mineralogy that had it for a while is or was owned by Clive Palmer. I read the other day he intended to restore the ship when they finished with it, just like he intended to replicate the Titanic. He's another flog politician who is full of crapolla. 

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