Do you know anything about this boat or similar designs?
Adrian Brewer proprietor of "Floataboat)" in Melbourne,has come across a record of an interesting craft that initially plied the waters of Albert Park Lake, and appears to have ended its days on the Gippsland Lakes.
Adrian has asked -
“Wondering if anyone has information on an old excursion vessel called “Sunbeam”.
It was built for Albert Park Lake c.1870 and was a pedal-powered paddle vessel employed to take tourists around the lake.
It appears to be about 40 ft. long and she carried 2 masts with lug sails, evidently to stop the pedallers from fatiguing too quickly.
In 1875 it was taken to the Gippsland Lakes to perform similar work.
Does your group hold any photos of this vessel or any other info. which might assist in research.
The only photo I am aware of is the boat on the Gippsland lakes and is in the collection of the East Gippsland Historical society.”
It has been speculated that Sunbeam may have been along the lines of other vessels made in England or the USA around the 1860s, but enquiries in England have turned up nothing along these lines.
Know of this or like boats? We would like to hear about them, or Adrian can be contacted direct at email@example.com