Historic ship Wyuna headed for scrap heap unless funds found to save her

By Tim Morgan for ABC Online

Australia's last ever pilot cutter vessel is at risk of being scrapped if $12,000 isn't raised urgently.

For the past 18 months, the Wyuna has been anchored unmanned off Beauty Point in Tasmania's Tamar River.

The vessel's owners, the Western Port Oberon Association in Victoria, said they have been told by Tasmanian Authorities if the vessel is not moved by Tuesday it “will be seized and most likely sold off for scrap metal”.

“I just shudder to think, there would be a lot of people heartbroken,” Western Port Oberon Association governor Ian Heraud said.

Mr Heraud said the boat had run out of chances after more than a decade of inaction and that raising the money needed for travel costs was the only way to save Wyuna.

“There'll be none of this 'we'll see what happens in a month's time', we've got to be committed in the process of moving her by the 24th,” he said.

Read the full story at ABC Online, including the ship's role in four SydneyHobarts and the 1983 America's Cup defence in Fremantle.

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