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  • Hi Tom,
    Sincere apologies for the delay in my reply to you concerning the Decoy replica. I was Chief Estimtor at Australian Shipbuildng Industries when the replica was built. I could fill a book about this building of the vessel and the problems incurred. I have some pictures that i could dig out for you and if you wish to contract me my e-mail address is
    [email protected]
    again sorry for the delay but hope to hear from you in due course.

    Best regards
    I understand that you were involved in the construction of the replica decoy, can I ask how? I have contacted the owners of the replica with regard to the inclusion of a chapter in my thesis about their vessel. You said that you have some photos of the original vessel, I would be most interested in knowing which photos they are and if I dont have them, obtaining a copy. I have several photos that I am quite sure you dont have; would you be interested in a trade?

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, Tom Bromhead
    Hi Mr Sharp,
    My name is Tom Bromhead, I am contacting you with regard to your post a few years ago


    I am the son of Dick Bromhead who owns the original vessel Decoy but I am also writing my university thesis on the boat. I see that in the above thread no-one replied as to the state of the vessel so I shall fill you in. She was being used as a houseboat by my family up until last when we moved off it, it is now only inhabited by spiders and possums. Sitting in a shallow marina at Mannum, South Australia she was still floating until a few years ago when a drought lowered the river level by 7 feet, leaving her sitting on the mud. A few months ago the water level began to rise again and she is now leaking quite badly. Hopefully in the next few years with my graduation from uni and working, restoration can begin.
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