Swansong for Sprightly (1985)

By June 1st, 1985

For over forty years, the 42 metre war-time tug, Sprightly, has been putting to sea on a variety of important missions, originally as a salvage vessel in the North Atlantic and most recently as a research vessel for CSIRO.

This film takes a nostalgic look at one of the final voyages of Sprightly before she was replaced by the new oceanographic research vessel, the Franklin. During 1984 she undertook a series of cruises in the hazardous waters of Bass Strait. Researchers from CSIRO, universities and marine science institutes collaborated in a multi-disciplinary study of the Strait in one of the most ambitious programs ever carried out by marine scientists.