A small dingy called L01was one of Braden’s first projects.
It took a lot of hard work to remove the old paint, sand, fill holes and prepare the aged and weathered
dingy. Image credit - Tacoma Preservation Society.
Date of Event: NA
Vessel type: Tuna Clipper
Location: Port Lincoln
Suggested title: One Special Book, A Small Boy And Boat
The latest comic book, or sitting staring at a screen was not enough for Braden. Once he’d discovered the book ‘Wooden Boats of South Australia’ his life changed forever. At eight Braden was diagnosed with high function Autism, and book drew him into a world of adventure; with details of every vessel, its launching, owners, engine and its demise. Braden cherished that book and found another copy, so he didn’t mark his most treasured possession.
But this 250-page book wasn’t enough! Braden joined the Tacoma crew. As part of his school curriculum Braden attended the Tacoma one day each week, acting as tour guide and producing 5 major projects culminating in an exhibition of vessels and The Jangaard Collection. Ross Haldane was his official mentor. In 2013, Braden won the Autism South Australia Recognition Award
After graduation Braden joined the fishing industry and continues his research and achievements.
Ross “Braden was too scared to overnight on Tacoma. I put his toothbrush in the holder next to the bunk I’d used at his age. I made up my old bunk, to be always ready for him whenever that maybe. Two years later, confidence won, and Braden slept onboard”.
In 2016 Braden entered the Tunarama festival parade. Claire chummed sweets from the back of the ute towing the flattie where he stood poling a model tuna. The duo were real crowd pleasers. Image credit - Tacoma Preservation Society.
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