Darwins newest tourist vessel
Darwins newest tourist vessel is a Seawind 1160 Resort named Kuru, specially developed as a skippered day charter sailing vessel. The design provides an environmentally friendly and practical vessel to suit the needs of City of Darwin Cruises. City of Darwin Cruise provides daytime and nighttime charters, lunch and sunset history cruises on Darwin Harbour. Kuru is being built in the Seawind Corsair factory in Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam). The vessel will be arriving in Darwin early November to commence operation.
The design allows Kuru to carry up to 40 passengers plus 2 crew. Kuru is powered by a mainsail and headsail with auxiliary power provided by twin 25 hp Yamaha high thrust extended shaft outboard engines.
The skipper has controls at the central helm station making for easy handling by the crew. All the sheets and halyards for sailing operation are completely out of the way of clients making for a safe passenger experience whilst sailing.
WHERE THE NAME KURU COMES FROM
Darwins newest tourist vessel story about the name (Kuru)
Darwins newest tourist vessel HMAS Kuru , a 75ft, 55 ton Patrol Boat (No 78) was used as the NT Administrator’s launch and for the Northern Territory Patrol Service.
The vessel was to have been built in Singapore as a Government contract but there was the usual political pressure. HMAS Kuru was built in Balmain by Gordon Beattie in 1938 despite the lack of experience in building such vessels.
HMAS Kuru was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) following the Japanese declaration of war in December 1941. The ship operated from Darwin. She was one of the vessels used to keep Allied troops in Timor resupplied following the Japanese invasion. The vessel operated until 1943, when she was damaged beyond repair in an accident.
HMAS Kuru had a maximum speed of 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph), and was armed with a single three-pounder gun. In RAN service, her armament was increased to an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, a 0.50 calibre M2 Browning machine gun, and several lighter machine guns.
Post-war HMAS Kuru was the Government launch and made an immense contribution to Northern Territory. This included the discovery of bauxite for aluminium that led to the mining at Gove and creation of the town of Nhulunbuy.