Public Talks

The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our most recent talk was on Tuesday 7 August, and was presented by David Nash and Ea Lassen and told the story of their Danish fishing trawler, Yukon, that can be found today sailing the Huon River.

Yukon is a pole masted, gaff rigged ketch measuring 17 metres on the deck, with a beam of 4.7 metres. Originally named Elly, she was built in 1930 at Hjorne and Jacobsen’s shipyard in Fredrikshavn, north of Jutland. Oak on oak, ketch rigged with a 67 hp auxiliary Tuxham motor, she is a member of the first generation of Danish fishing trawlers that were built with an engine. This resulted in a change of fishing techniques, so they were nicknamed ‘hajkutter’ or shark cutters after their effectiveness. Yukon fished commercially up to 1974, apart from being commandeered by the German navy during WW2. In 1951, she got her current name as a result of a fishing family that struck it lucky in the goldfields of Alaska on the banks of the Yukon River.

From 1974 to 1997, Yukon sailed as a pleasure boat and became well known in various regattas around Denmark. David and Ea discovered Yukon in Denmark, sunk in a harbour near Copenhagen. From 1997 to 2004, Yukon underwent a major restoration, with a new engine, electrics and systems. After sailing charters in Scandinavia for five years, Yukon came to Australia in 2010. Today Yukon is based at Franklin and her crew offer a range of sailing cruises around Tasmania. This presentation will look at Yukon’s history, the massive restoration effort and her current life in Tasmania.


David Nash was born in Adelaide and has always been interested in working wood, sailing and travelling. At 16 he started training as a shipwright and was involved in the construction of South Australia’s sail training ship, One And All. He sailed aboard the Bounty replica as part of the 200th anniversary of the First Fleet. He also had three years on One And All, and has worked in the offshore oil and gas industry. 

Ea Lassen was born in Godthaab, Greenland and raised in Jutland. She has travelled widely, including a motorcycle journey from Denmark to Syria and back.  She started sailing onboard the two masted schooner Brita Leth. She has also made sailing voyages to the West Indies, onboard the Finnish built ketch Saga.


Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 7 August 2018
Place: ROYAL SOCIETY ROOMS, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, (Davey Street entrance).
Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details.