On a recent visit to Bridport, Tasmania I came across a sign about the Bridport Jetty. On reading it, the name Rahra jumped out at me.
Rahra (original name was White Heather) was a three masted schooner 93ft 5in in length (imperial measurement), built in 1912 at the Black Ned’s Bay, Swansea boatbuilding yard of James Lewis Boyd. It was bought while still under construction by Master Mariner Henry Heather, who ran the fastest fleet running between Hobart and Melbourne (known as the Jam Fleet) on behalf of Henry Jones (IXL Products).
In 1914 Rahra had a change of ownership to the Bridport & Flinders Island Shipping Co Pty Ltd.
As the sign reads, she broke her moorings in 1929 and was beached safely just down the coast at Barnbougle Beach. Her registration was then transferred to the Port of Suva, Fiji.
Information on Rahra was sourced from He built Stout Ships compiled by the late George L Boyd.
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