Star was built by the Lacco brothers in Rosebud, Victoria circa 1930s.
She was built at 20 foot, with a shallow draft which suggests that she was built to be launched off the beach at Rosebud. She was constructed as a working fishing boat, but without a rig. It is likely her early years were spent fishing on Port Phillip.
There is no trace of the boat over the next 50 years. It is presumed, however, in that time she remained in Port Phillip.
Custodian: John Duke; c1970s – c1980
In the 1970s, John Duke became her custodian. He took Star to Port Melbourne boat repairer Dugga Beazley who restored the boat and fitted her with a gaff rig. The sails were cotton, dyed a red-tan colour by immersing in boiled tanbark, which was the practice to prevent wet sails going moldy.
Custodian: Gerry Neylan; c1980 – c1997
After an introduction from Dugga Beazley, Gerry Neylan purchased Star from John Duke in about 1980.
At the time, the boat was moored at St Kilda, Melbourne and in need of repair. Tim Phillips transported her to the Wooden Boat shop at Sorrento for an overhaul; the old engine was removed and a new Yanmah 1GM 10 hp diesel fitted. Gerry sold the old engine to a vintage marine engine collector.
Once back on the water, Star was a familiar sight between her mooring at the end of St Pauls Road, Sorrento and Portsea, flying a distinctive and large French tri-colour.
For many years, Star was used by Gerry for cruising with family and friends at the southern end of Port Phillip. She was then taken to the northern end of the bay to Williamstown where she was moored at the jetty of C Blunt Boat Builders.
Custodian: Bruce Henderson; 1997 – Present
Bruce Henderson purchased Star in 1997, and folklore records that Bruce and Gerry had a long and ‘infamous’ journey from Williamstown to Sorrento.
Star is moored at Sorrento, Victoria.