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Ceramic Mug Curl Curl Hydrofoil January 1984 Geoff Eastwood Maritime Photography

Ceramic Mug Curl Curl Hydrofoil January 1984 Geoff Eastwood Maritime Photography

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Last of the Italian PT50 hydrofoils built for Sydney Harbour in 1973 , the Curl Curl in January 1984

Bought back by her makers Rodriquez and returned to Messina Italy, she became MV Spargi, working Sicilian routes before returning to Rodrequez in Messina again and laid up in 2009. She was sold by auction in 2015 still with her Spargi white and dark blue trim colour scheme. Photos used for the auction showed her essentially intact from the exterior.

She is nearly 50 years old and she still exists! Mostly unaltered! Interiors and engines largely intact although unlikely original. She could represent an important part of Sydney's maritime history that disappears by the day, and she is a fine representative example of the fleet. She also knows the journey to Sydney well (on a ship of course). The essential criticism of the hydrofoils was high maintenance. That was because of the stress on the engines that were never designed for the short trip to Manly and repeated powerful start-ups to get up on the foils. That was not the the fault of the hydrofoil. The eventual replacements brought in to replace them cost more in fuel and maintenance. Whats more, the Rodriquez RHS 140 was one of their best designs. Stylish and amazingly dynamic craft on the harbour.  It was magical to see them go by with power and grace.

Warm up with a nice cuppa out of this customised ceramic coffee mug. Personalise it with cool designs, photos or logos to make that "aaahhh!" moment even better. It’s microwave & dishwasher-safe and made of white, durable ceramic in an 11-ounce size. Its Orca Coating allows your designs to come to life with incredibly vivid colors – the perfect gift for the coffee, tea, and chocolate lovers.

.: White ceramic
.: 11 oz (0.33 l)
.: Rounded corners
.: C-handle
.: Lead and BPA-free

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