by Starfish Developments | 31 Oct 2018
With a hint of the sea change to come at Port Adelaide, Starfish Developments has partnered with the South Australian Maritime Museum to sponsor the cherished timber launch, the Archie Badenoch.
Setting sail from its mooring on the Port River, close to the imminent Dock One development site, “Archie” takes daily passengers on daily sight-seeing tours of the harbour, with insights from the captain on local heritage sites. It’s also a good opportunity to go dolphin-spotting, as they often follow the boat as it weaves its way through the inlets.
Starfish managing director Damon Nagel says, “We’re delighted to support the South Australian Maritime Museum and help keep this community icon afloat. We understand the importance of heritage and passing that knowledge on to future generations.”
The Archie Badenoch has an interesting history, having been constructed at the G.M.H. plant at Birkenhead launched in November 1942 as a supply-tender vessel for the Royal Australian Navy during the Second World War.
After the war, the boat was acquired by the South Australian Police Department. Named after Mounted Constable Archibald Badenoch, the first SA Police Officer to be killed in action during the Second World War, it was the primary Water Police Launch and sole all-weather deep-sea patrol vessel from 1946 to 1978.
Kevin Jones, director of the museum says, “During this time, Archie established an outstanding sea working record, featuring in many rescues throughout South Australian coastal waters. In 1978 the boat was transferred to Wardang Island to be used by the Department of Further Education and was abandoned some years later in poor condition. It was later restored by the South Australian Police Historical Society and the SA Maritime Museum.”
“Now operated by the SA Maritime Museum as a cruise boat, it can carry up to 24 passengers. It runs up to seven cruises a day for schools and can be chartered for any occasion,’ he says.