"The steam tug Wattle is historically, socially and technologically significant at the national level as the only small harbour steam tug still surviving in Victoria."
What We'll Do with Donations to Wattle's Restoration Fund
We'll put Wattle on the slipway, scrub it clean and repaint it. (International Paint has already confirmed its sponsorship and the Port of Melbourne has waived the slipping fees!) We'll get essentials such as 55 new life jackets to Australian Maritime Safety Authority standards, lifebuoys and pyrotechnic devices.
We'll train staff and pay insurances, licence fees for food and liquor services, and Australian Maritime Safety Authority fees. We'll arrange survey requirements such as an Inclining Experiment, Light Ship Assessment, and Stability Book: all that's needed to get Wattle back into safe, reliable service.