Geraldton crayboat nearly restored

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Retired fisherman Richard Casey on his boat, Doria 2.
Camera IconRetired fisherman Richard Casey on his boat, Doria 2. Credit: Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian

Retired fisherman Richard Casey has almost finished restoring an old wooden crayboat.

He said given the 18 months of hard work he had put into it, he was not sure if he wanted to keep it or see it displayed at Geraldton Museum.

“Would be nice to keep it,” Mr Casey said. “But I suppose it could be a bit of a tourist attraction.

“Might see what the (Geraldton Fishermen’s) Co-op want to do with it.”

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Last year, Mr Casey bought the wooden crayboat back from the person he sold it to in 1990.

Before Mr Casey bought the boat in 1983, it was owned by the Minervini fishing family from Fremantle.

The boat, called the Doria 2, is the sister of the original Doria from 1924, which has been on display at the Western Australian Maritime Museum since 1985.

Mr Casey said he sold the Doria 2 to upgrade to a fibreglass boat, leaving the vessel to largely sit around for the ensuing 27 years. When the new owner agreed to give it back to him last year, Mr Casey set to work making the boat seaworthy.

He said he was about three-quarters of the way to completing the job. “They’ve come a long way, boats,” Mr Casey said.

“It’s fascinating.”

Mr Casey is restoring the boat at Geraldton Fisherman’s Wharf, with a little help from other fishermen.

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