Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent Virtual Ocean Talk. If you'd like to rewatch the talk, or if you were unable to make it on the night, here's a recorded version for you to enjoy.
In a forty-plus year career in boatbuilding and boatbuilding education Ian Smith has built upwards of 80 boats. Since retiring from commercial work Ian has concentrated on passing on his skills and experience through books and videos. He is the author of The Open Boat: the Origin, Evolution and Construction of the Australian 18-Footer and Wooden Boatbuilding: the Sydney Wooden Boat School Manuals, and the new book The 18-Footer Britannia: 100 Years of a Sydney Harbour Icon. He sails his replica Britannia with the historical replica fleet and is building a carvel-planked Ranger-class gaff sloop.
David Payne is the Australian National Maritime Museum's curator, Historic Vessels, and has been involved with many vessel restoration projects for the museum and private clients since the late 1980s. He also manages the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and has developed Vessel Management Plans for the Maritime Museum and other regional museums through the MMAPSS heritage grants system to help guide the interpretation, restoration and display of heritage craft.
Emily Jateff, ANMM Curator - Ocean Science & Technology, will discuss the individual projects with the presenters before bringing them together to share their views on broader questions.