Pilot Cutter 'Akuna', formerly the German Steam Yacht 'Komet'. Akuna was based at Queenscliff and transferred pilots from vessels inbound and outbound from Melbourne until she went to the breakers about 1953.
She was a pretty ship Derek, and lets face it, anything is prettier than the roadways. I believe, but cant confirm, that Akuna was a German Government ship in New Guinea waters, captured and taken over by The Australian Navy. We also got the beautiful Synan, which was used as a Customs launch in Melbourne in my younger days. Would love to get a photo of Synan and where it went. She was a timber boat, around 50 / 60 feet long, powered by a Werkspoor engine ( I'm not absolutely sure of that ) and worked out of Williamstown. I polished a lot of brass to get rides on Synan !