17 vessels started the 1952 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
The vessels were Fortuna, Kintail, Kurrewa III, Kurura ,Landfall, Moonbi, Nirvana, Nocturne, Pavana ,Ripple, Ruthean, Solveig, Terra Nova, Wanderer, White Cloud, Wraith of Odin, and Ingrid.
Nocturne was line honors winner and is the smallest boat at 36ft to ever achieve the award. Ingrid won on corrected time. Results table here
‘The NSW cutter Nocturne (126) leading the South Australian ketch Ingrid (SA5)
as they set out from Sydney, into a stiff nor-easter.
©Sydney Reference Collection SRC12217
The Souvenir Program can be viewed here
Almost 50 newspaper articles related to the 1952 Hobart race are available from the National Library of Australia . Fifteen are tabulated below.
Clicking on the Article name will open an image of the original article.
Clicking on the PDF link opens a readily legible transcript of the newspaper report.
The first article that specifically relates to Wraith of Odin comes from the Adelaide based “The News” dated 22nd December 1952.
The Reserve Bank of Australia inflation calculator puts that construction cost as equivalent to $475,000 in 2013 dollars.
The last article of this period cited in the National Library comes from the Mercury of 13th January 1953.
It is a letter to the editor (pg4) from Brian O’Brien expressing appreciation to Hobart for the hospitality shown to Wraith of Odin and her crew.
This speaks worlds about the first owners of Wraith of Odin
Title of Article
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p 28||4/12/1952|
|The Sydney Moring Herald p7||10/12/1952|
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p32||10/12/1952|
|The Canberra Times p3||11/12/1952|
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p24||12/12/1952|
|The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill NSW) p8||22/12/1952|
|The Advocate (Burnie TAS) p5||24/12/1952|
|The Sydney Moring Herald p2||26/12/1952|
|The Advocate (Burnie TAS) p11||27/12/1952|
|The Sydney Moring Herald p1||28/12/1952|
|The Sydney Moring Herald p1||29/12/1952|
|The Sydney Moring Herald p1||30/12/1952|
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p1||01/01/1953|
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p1||03/01/1953|
|The Mercury (Hobart, Tas) p2||03/01/1953|