Cruise the Huon River aboard the MV Nancy

Cruise the Huon River aboard the MV Nancy

Nancy and Yukon red

MV Nancy moored in Franklin alongside Danish ketch Yukon.

Locals and tourists alike now have the opportunity to cruise on the Huon River on board the historic wooden ferry, MV Nancy.

Originally named Rowella, she was built at Battery Point by AA ‘Tucker’ Abel, for the Rowes, an orcharding  family of Brooks Bay on the lower reaches of the Huon River. The 10.67m (35 ft) long fantail launch was typical for its period with a plumb stem, low freeboard and enclosed cabin area forward of about midships. It was licensed to carry sixty passengers and could travel at eight knots. Huon pine, King Billy pine and blackwood were used in the construction.

Nancy operated as a ferry and flying boat tender on the Derwent River until the 1950s and then as a pleasure craft, moored at Lindisfarne in the 1990s.

Nancy started to fall into serious disrepair and was on the verge of being scrapped when she was discovered and rescued by Graham Dicker, who employed the shipwright Mick Hubbard to repair the hull. That project was languishing due to lack of funds when Martin Krynen heard about her at the 2007 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. He acquired her, took her to Noosa in Queensland, and completely restored her.

The restoration included locating, rebuilding and installing an original Frisco Standard 8HP engine, similar to Nancy’s original motor.


But Nancy is now powered by a silent and eco-friendly electric motor.


In 2010 Martin Krynen generously donated MV Nancy to The Living Boat Trust, a community organisation dedicated to maintaining the maritime culture of the Huon Valley. After many hours of volunteer labour, Nancy is once again licensed to carry paying passengers. After a long voyage from Queensland, Nancy was unloaded at Port Huon on the Huon River and travelled upstream to her new home at Franklin.














Cruises depart from the Franklin Marina, 3337 Huon Highway, Franklin, every Tuesday and Sunday at 1.30pm, and travels through the Egg Island Canal and around the Egg Islands Conservation area. Other times are by arrangement.

Tickets are $35 adults, $30 concession, and $20 child under 16. Alternatively Nancy may be chartered for $200 (minimum 6 passengers.

For more information and bookings go to or phone the Wooden Boat Centre on (03) 6266 3586.






Annette Cauchi

Annette Cauchi is a blogger and copywriter who calls the Huon Valley home. Annette is keen to promote positive things about living in Australia's southernmost municipality.

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