Built by Bill: Scale model Sydney Ports Corp Tug MTS Ted Noffs ©2020 (Watercolour, 57 x 57 cm.)
Sydney Ports Corporation Marine Towage and Salvage (MTS) Tug TED NOFFS built to scale by Mr Bill Elbourne (in blue), with the model’s current owner, Mr John Woodley, St George Model Boat Club, Sydney.
The full-sized tug was built by Carrington Slipways, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 1987 and named in honour of the late Reverend Ted Noffs.
Bill Elbourne commenced his maritime career as an apprentice boilermaker at the State Dockyard Newcastle (SDN) in 1958. In the middle of his third year, Bill was transferred to the drawing office to compete his apprenticeship, with another four years of study following completion of a Naval architecture certificate.
During the next 18 years, he moved through the ranks – attending sea trials on most of the ships built at the State Dockyard, to become Manager in charge of power stations. Around the time SDN had major layoffs and 2700 employees lost their jobs overnight. Fortunately, Bill was kept on and built bridge girders over Darling Harbour in Sydney until 1987 when the SDN finally closed.
Bill then went to Carrington Slipways Fibreglass Division and worked for 12 months as a design contractor, drawing up Royal Australian Navy minehunters.
For the next 20 years, Bill was employed by Cowan Manufacturing where he was involved in designing and building recompression chambers for the U.S. Navy Seals.
After 48 years, retirement from the workforce allowed Bill to continue his passion for marine modelling, which had started around 1976-77 with the first of his scale model ships and tugs.
Bill Elbourne is a member of the Newcastle Marine Modellers Association, N.S.W., and specialises in bulk carriers, tugs and Navy vessels.
Some of the scale models ‘built by Bill’ over the years include: Goliath, Tinkerbell, Hercules, Howard Smith, Hexam Bank, Caledonian Vanguard, Iron Pacific, Walana (big and small), Boral Gas (big and small), Wilga (big and small), Austral Salvor, Tom Tough, Mighty Servant 3, Hannah N, Samantha J (big and small), HMAS Cessnock (big and small), Kakariki, HMC Sackville, MT Ted Noffs, Olivia N, Saint Thomas, John W. Brown, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Waramunga, Shirley Smith, Eva Burrows, Africa mercy, Dumbarton Castle, USN Ship Mobile Bay, Normand Progress, HMAS Tobruk, Cheetah, Waratah, Svitzer Shortland, Svitzer Darling, Svitzer Innovation, Voss trapper, TIG 69, Svitzer Ajax, Svitzer exam, Ruby Rose, HMRT Enigma, FairPlay IX, FairPlay XI, FairPlay 30, Hannah 10, Capitaine Wallis, Svitzer Hunter, Baladha, Maggie M, USN 967, Manly Cove and The Flying Fish to name a few!
With thanks to Mr Bill Elbourne, Master Modeller!
The original watercolour is painted on heavy weight French Arches paper, comes with a certificate of authenticity and has been tastefully framed with navy blue mount, beading, rich timber frame and non reflective glass. Also available as a museum quality giclee print on paper or unstretched linen canvas to your preferred size.