Our History Pages
Built to Last - The Story of the Shipwrights of Port Cygnet Tasmania and Their Boats 1863 - 1997
by Alex Graeme-Evans, Harold A. E. Day, Helen Quilty.
ISBN - 1876261307, 9781876261306, Publisher - Regal Publications, 1996
David Coad has written six books on the history of Port Cygnet covering 1792 early explorers to 1914. They are available from bookshops near Cygnet or from book shops on-line.
Port Cygnet, A history of Tasmania.
In the 1990's Jean Cockerill wrote a small booklet entitled
'Cygnet - A Brief History' which she allowed us to reproduce on these pages at
A Brief History - by Jean Cockerill.
In 2011 Rod Andrews sent a photo of an interesting poster dated
11th June 1908 together with the story of how it came into the position of his family.
The poster details "the standard for determining the weight of loads carried on roads in Port Cygnet".
His email and the poster are reproduced on this link.
A local ship - Utiekah III and her skipper
I noticed several references to Utiekah III, on the internet. As I had several old photos of her, I did some research in the National Library of Australia newspapers site, the results are on this page.
Steam Ship Cygnet
In June 2011 I received the following email:-
I am researching a family of boat builders here in Abingdon, England that built a steam ship called Cygnet, launched 1885. The newspaper report says she was intended for Tasmania.
I am wondering if she was for Cygnet, Tasmania. She was 120 ft. long with a 17ft 3 in. beam and intended to carry up to 400 passengers as well as cargo. Is there anyone who might know of a boat like this? John Foreman.
My research is reported on this link.