HMAS Choules transports Mistral II to Hobart

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100), Navy Week

The 1922 classic yacht Mistral II onboard the Royal Australian Navy Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules, alongside Hobart, Tasmania. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)
The 1922 classic yacht Mistral II onboard the Royal Australian Navy Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules, alongside Hobart, Tasmania.

HMAS Choules has delivered veteran Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race vessel Mistral II (1922) to Hobart.

The amphibious Landing Ship Dock arrived in Hobart yesterday ahead of the Royal Hobart Regatta where she will proudly serve as the Flag Ship as well as support Tasmanian Navy Week activities.

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan says the warship was pleased to transport the classic schooner to her new home.

Mistral II is being restored by the not-for-profit organisation Windward Bound Trust as an employment skills training project and, on completion, will be used as a sail training vessel.” 

Choules was pleased to transport the 97-year old schooner from White Bay in Sydney to Hobart for the Trust.” 

The 1922 classic yacht Mistral II onboard the Royal Australian Navy Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules prior to being offloaded and handed over to the not-for-profit organisation The Windeward Bound Trust in Hobart, Tasmania.

The 1922 classic yacht Mistral II onboard the Royal Australian Navy Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules prior to being offloaded and handed over to the not-for-profit organisation The Windeward Bound Trust in Hobart, Tasmania.

Moving a 64-foot long, 26-tonne yacht is a complex activity.  

Coordinating this activity for Choules was Major David English, the Officer in Command of the Ship’s Army Establishment.

He said it was no mean feat. 

“A number of stakeholders were involved in the load and transport of Mistral II from Sydney to Hobart. 

Everyone had different technical requirements and priorities,” Major English said.

“To get the job done we had to manage complex ship movements, very heavy crane operations and remain in constant dialogue and flexible with planning.”

“At the end of the day it all came together and produced a great outcome for everyone involved,” Major English said. 

Mistral II has strong ties to the Tasmanian community having sailed in the first five Sydney to Hobart races. 

She will be on display at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival from 8-11 February 2019, before going into refurbishment.

While in Hobart, Choules will also be on display to the public. 

The Landing Ship Dock will open her gangway at Macquarie Wharf 2/3 on Saturday 10 February 10am-2:30pm.  

Tickets are required to access the ship and free bookings can be made at
https://hmas-choules-open-day-hobart-9feb2019.eventbrite.com/?aff=navydaily