SOBRAON: Australian Work Boat 4011 (0379) ©2017 (Watercolour & pencil, 29 x 43 cm.)
Defence Maritime Services workboat no. 4011 (now 0379) moored at the floating dock, Spectacle Island with former DMS Driver, Robbie, on deck.
The landscape in the background features part of the old Sydney Training Depot at Snapper Island to the far left, and stretches from Balmain (just past the Elliott Street Wharf) to Rozelle, and around to Birkenhead point and Drummoyne. Just out of sight between Rozelle and Birkenhead is the Iron Cove Bridge.
And what’s that under cover near Snapper Island? Why, it’s the District Naval Officers Launch 168!
Built by Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Limited at Ryde, N.S.W. in 1966, and used as a tender for the trials of the 12 metre America’s Cup contender GRETEL before being purchased by the Royal Australian Navy. Work Boat No. 4011 (now 0379) is also the only Halvorsen-design in the Defence Maritime Services fleet
Nicknamed SOBRAON after the 19th century clipper of that name which was converted to a Training Ship and later Navy vessel H.M.A.S. TINGIRA for a period.
Source: The Register of Australian and New Zealand Ships and Boats: a comprehensive resource for maritime enthusiasts and historians / Administered by Mr Mori Flapan http://www.boatregister.net/WW2_ArmyWorkBoats_files/1960s_RAN_WorkBoats.html