Herreshoff H28 Association of Australia Inc

Shamrock H140

Owner(s): Rod Fuller & Dean Langford

Date built: 1952

Built by: Jock Muir, Hobart

Construction materials: Wooden Hull

Rig: Ketch

Current location: Hobson's Bay

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A classic L. Francis Hereshoff H28 ketch.

Built in Hobart by two cabinet makers under the watchful guidance of Jock Muir.  We believe Shamrock was completed and fitted out at Max Crease boatyard at Battery Point and launched in 1952. 

Some further fitting out took place in Devonport.  Her departure from Tasmanian  waters occurred when she was sold to Michael and Margory Sullivan, who sailed her to Sandringham on Port Phillip Bay.

After several years she was sold to Lex  Bell , a member at Sandringham Yacht Club.  He sailed the boat in club events and undertook cruises to Stanley and Refuge Cove, Wilsons Promontory.

In February 1976 she was purchased by Dean Langford.  This began a long period of her life in care of the Langford family at Williamstown.  Sailing extensively on Port Phillip Bay, Dean taught his two sons Neil and Peter the joys of H28 sailing.  Many summer family holidays were spent at Sorrento accompanied by Shamrock  moored close by.  She became a familiar site all over the Bay as father, sons and friends enjoyed numerous days sailing and weekends away on the Bay.

In 2001 Rod Fuller, a close friend of Dean became part owner in Shamrock.  This marked the beginning of a very rewarding partnership that continues to this day.


Hull:  Huon Pine

Masts:  Oregon,  box section

Sails: Challenge Marblehead Dacron, Doyle 2005/2006

Auxiliary power: Volvo Penta MD2020, 3 cylinder diesel, installed Oct. 2003

Propellor: In Line, 3 blade bronze

Registration: H140, Hobsons Bay Yacht Club


H28 Association Sailmaster series Winner 2003, 2004, 2005.  Regular competitor in the CYAA Summer series. On Port Phillip Bay, Wooden Boat Festival Hobart participant 2009.

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