The Late Mr. William
To write of William Langford (says the Herald) is to recall many pleasant memories in Australian aquatic history. His name has been connected with the yacht and boat build- ing of Port Jackson for very many years, and his many well-fashioned models have won on countless occasions. It may be safely as- serted that there was not a builder who better understood his business, or was more widely respected in the trade than the subject of this notice. Those to whom he was personally known need not to be reminded of his many good qualities. He was a native of Sydney He was bom in the yearl 1832 and was there ford 48 years of age. A widow and large family mourn his untimely end. The age of the eldest of the children is 18 years. Lang- ford, early in life, took up his abode at Miller's Point, and it will be seen further on that his long and successful career forms in itself an extensive chapter in aquatic history. William Langford's boating premises are situated on the western side of Blue's Point, North Shore, looking on to Berry's Bay. He gained much of his building knowledge while following the trade of shipwright in his youth. For the last 27 years he has been engaged in yacht and other boat building. Up to,four years ago he_ was in partnership with his brother Thomas, at Miller's Point, who has since died. William devoted his attention almost entirely to the deep-keeled yachting branch of the trade. Those whose memory carry them back to the early days of yachting in Port Jackson will remember the Sea Belle, Fawn, Daisy, Dora, Lubra, and Calypso, which were built under the supervision of William Langford. Later on, when deep-keel boats became fashionable, that little wonder, the Nereid, was built for Messrs. Fairfax and Lassetter. Since that period the number and names of vessels that Langford has built are very numerous. He has built about sixteen vessels for the pearl-shell fisheries in Torres Straits. Among them was the schooner-Two Brothers, and the centreboard yacht Maude, for Queensland. Latterly he constructed the steam watertank Gleaner, for Mr. Fenwick, and the framework of an unfinished steam launch occupies his building shed. All the pearl-shell boats he turned out gave great satisfaction, both for speed and weatherly qualities. It was, however, in the yachting line that Langford excelled as a builder, and it is not going too far to say that he died a man who has done more than any other in
his vocation to render Port Jackson famous as the leading yachting centre of the Southern Seas.