The Admiral had many lives. She was converted into a steam launch and operated on the River Derwent. During a number of refits, she was re-engineered and had a counter stern added. Later, she was converted to a fishing boat and called Myra.

In 2006 she was discovered abandoned in NSW by John and Sue Dikeman, and arrangements were made to transport her to Hobart where she arrived in early September 2006 to begin her restoration.

A group of interested people, mainly previously associated with the Norfolk project, met with Bern Cuthbertson to form a body called the Admiralty who were responsible for the funding and restoration of the boat to its original design. A team of 9 volunteers worked to dismantle, restore to give life to the vessel in its original form.

The restored Admiral is now on display at the Bass and Flinders Centre.

Bass and Flinders knot chart

Honestly wasn't expecting much when we went in but were blown away by the friendliness of the staff and their excitement to share the story of Bass and Flinders with us. There's a full sized replica of the Norfolk ship inside (You have no idea looking on the outside of the centre) which you can go in and explore and a few other things to look at. I highly recommend going to the Bass and Flinders centre if you're up in George Town, it was a favorite of mine on the trip and I'd go back again.

Adam Rosewarne