THERE are big plans for the MV Wyuna, which has been bound to Launceston's Kings Wharf for the past nine years.
Built on the Clyde in 1953, the process to convert the former Port Phillip sea pilot vessel and Australian Maritime College training ship into a floating museum in Victoria has begun.
Wyuna was decommissioned by the college in 2004, sold to mining magnate Clive Palmer who then loaded it off to West Australian businesswoman Gillian Swaby for possible conversion to a luxury yacht.
But the economic downturn saw Mrs Swaby donate it to the Western Port Oberon Association to be restored. Association president Max Bryant, former skipper Angus Moore and Max Cassidy are working on the ship in Launceston and hope to sail it to Victoria in April next year. There is a plan to include the vessel in a proposed $8 million Victorian Maritime Centre to be based in Hastings.
``It will be a floating museum but also a school campand learn about our maritime history,'' Mr Bryant said. ``It will also be used as minor functions and cocktail parties.''
The project will be complete in three stages over four years.
Mr Bryant said the association is after anyone with marine experience in Tasmania to help them restore the ship.
To help, contact Mr Bryant on 0438 023 648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org