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Coming off the Slip: District Naval Officer’s Launch (DNOL 168) ©2018 (Watercolour, 30 x 40 cm.)

Built in 1936 and refurbished in 2017 at Cameron’s Boatshed, Balmain, the District Naval Officer’s Launch (DNOL 168), forms part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Heritage Collection.

The twin palms trees of Snapper Island can be seen in the background. The palm trees were planted in the late 1920s-early 1930s by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons as a gift to the new Sydney Training Depot and to honour it’s namesake HMAS Sydney I.

A later version of this style of motor launch, MB 172 (built 1937) is listed in the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and is currently owned by Mr Sean Langman, Managing Director of the Noakes Group.

Sadly, Cameron’s Boat Shed – a Balmain landmark, ceased operation in 2018.

With thanks to sources linked above.




The original watercolour was painted on heavy weight French Arches paper, comes with a certificate of authenticity and has been tastefully framed. Also available as a museum quality giclee print on paper or unstretched canvas to your preferred size.