Laube family witness new look Sea Nymph at Port Lincoln museum

This past weekend saw the unveiling of yet another boat built by Axel Stenross and Frank Laakso given new life, and the vessel's owners were invited to have a closer look.

On Sunday Axel Stenross Maritime Museum unveiled its newest addition, the wooden boat 'Sea Nymph' which has been restored by museum volunteers.

Sea Nymph was built in 1944 in Stenross' boat shed, where the museum now stands, designed as a leisure and fishing boat for Port Lincoln dentist and local identity Cyril Grosvenor.

The boat would find several owners including Alf Letton Snr, Morrie Hurrell and Peter Hurrell before ending up with Roger and Yvonne Laube in 1997.

The Laube family had the boat at Coffin Bay for 23 years before donating her to the museum last year so she could be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Museum president David Bascombe said restoration work was under the supervision of master restorer Rob Haldane, with help from virtually all museum volunteers at various stages.

Volunteers aimed to restore Sea Nymph to resemble her original appearance as additions and modifications had been made to the boat over the years.

This work was done with the help of two photos taken around 1950.

The Laube family were invited to attend the unveiling on Sunday and had been kept updated on the restoration works throughout the process.

Mrs Laube was among 12 family members who attended on Sunday and said everyone was really happy with how the boat turned out.

"We're really thrilled and really grateful with the work that's been done there," she said.

"It's in the best place it could be and it's been so well cared for."

Mrs Laube said the family had fond memories of the boat, which included happy times on the water with family and friends, teaching the children to fish and relaxing on the water at a steady pace.

Museum public relations officer Paulene Heinonen said it was a really "heartwarming" occasion and the museum was happy to have the Laube family in attendance.

"The grandkids especially loved getting into the boat and playing with everything, seeing it all," she said.

"(The family) were very impressed with the level of restoration and conservation under the supervision of master restorer Rob Haldane at the museum."

Sea Nymph now sits proudly amongst the museum's display of classic wooden boats.

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