Naval College sails third Franklin

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR David Jones (author), LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell, ACT

Topic(s): Naval College, HMAS Creswell, Ships, Boats and Submarines, Historic

Franklin III arrives at HMAS Creswell. (photo: Unknown)
Franklin III arrives at HMAS Creswell.

Navy has carried on a tradition that was started in 1915 by naming the latest Naval College sail training yacht Franklin III.

The yacht, which was delivered to Navy in May, is a former Sydney to Hobart entrant that was built in 2010 and designed by renowned New Zealand designer Bruce Farr.

Training Commander at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, Commander John Wearne said the yacht, formerly known as Outlaw, would be put to good use.

“With initial officer training our role is to start the development of maritime professionals,” he said.

“We want to develop people, regardless of their primary qualification, who have an affinity for boats.

“As an organisation, we value working in teams and the addition of Franklin III gives us another platform in which to develop our young officers.”

The previous vessels to hold the name Franklin were both based at the New South Wales South Coast base.

HMAS Franklin was the first vessel to bear the name and was commissioned in 1915 as the college tender.

The 44-metre steam yacht made fortnightly trips between Jervis Bay and Sydney to supply the College with various supplies in a time before a reliable road network had been established.

In 1962 the name Franklin was resurrected and given to the 13-metre Morgan Giles-designed cadet training yacht which was purchased to replace ageing college vessels.

She was competitively raced by Navy but its outdated design and various service modifications meant it couldn’t keep up with other vessels.

Proving increasingly expensive to maintain, Franklin II was sold to the Australian Army and is now owned by a private owner who is currently refitting the boat ready for a re-launch later this year.

Commander Wearne said he hoped the current incarnation of a vessel carrying the name would live up to its predecessors’ reputations.