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All hands on deck at Wooden Boat Festival

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Hobart's waterfront has been reawakened with the bi-annual Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Yesterday thousands flocked to the area to take in the sights, food, music and activities, with around 120,000 people expected over the four days. 

Organisers report that the festival is in full swing on its second day with boats of all sizes displayed in the harbour. 

It's estimated around three-thousand people have arrived from interstate and overseas for the event, injecting around $3 million into the economy. 

Premier Will Hodgman says the event celebrates our long maritime cultural heritage.

"Tasmania has a vibrant reputation as an events capital and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival has been a pioneer in developing our reputation," said the Premier. 

Also, this year’s Festival is another important reminder that despite the current bushfire situation, Tasmania is open for business."

Tomorrow is set to be another busy day at the festival:

10.00am - Official opening of the National Maritime Museum International Wooden Boat Symposium by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC. 

10.00am-4.00pm - Loads of entertainment for the whole family with the Children’s Village program, including a pirate ship jumping castle.

10.00am onwards - Gather ‘round to see demonstrations of mechanical maintenance, ropework, joinery, rigging and much more delivered at pop-up workbenches at Brooke Street Pier and the Shipwright’s Village.

10.00am onwards - Why not catch up with a yachtie and find out about their wooden boat experience. Look out for the Open Boat signs and say hello.

1.00pm - Official Count for the Ships in Bottles Join the excitement as we chase the world record for the largest number of ships in bottles ever assembled in any one place. See it happen at Mac 02.

2.30pm - The Maritime Museum has opened its latest exhibition "Scrimshaw - One Man's Obsession" in time for the 2019 Festival. This is a truly amazing display of the mariner's art of turning whalebone in a huge variety of artwork, everyday tools and knick-knacks, all from the collection of Colin Thomas. It is one of the finest collections in the world, surpassing many institutional collections. Colin will be giving talks on his collection and the history of whaling from Hobart in the museum at 2.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Maritime Museum is open every day of the Festival from 9 to 5. 16 Argyle Street, Hobart. Opposite Constitution Dock.

The festival will wrap up on Monday the 11th. 


MAIN IMAGE: The HMS Endeavour at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019. Credit: Alex Jackson.