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Westgate 11

Westgate 11 was the first rescue vessel in the area owned by the then Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol (RVCP).  It was a 32 foot wooden Army vessel, built with canvas between the planks (diagonal planked).  It was bought by the RVCP for $300.00 as it had been abandoned on the rocks at Plantation Point Jervis Bay after being stolen from Sydney.  The vessel had a large hole in the hull which made it impossible for the owner to salvage it, so the RVCP received it and repaired it on a slipway at Huskisson.

Westgate 11 spent its operating years working between Greenwell Point, Huskisson and Ulladulla.  It remained in operational service for 5 years, but developed a serious leak within the hull.  It was finally disposed of by fire at Green Point after being stripped of its parts that could be sold.

Information supplied by Alan McGilvray, Life Member, Marine Rescue Shoalhaven.