Eighteen-footers found their way to Western Australia fairly early in their evolution in the 1890's and numerous intercolonial (and after Federation in 1901 interstate) contests were held, some of which were won by West Australian boats. Olympic yachtsman Andy White compiled a lot of information in a document he prepared in 2007 when 9 historical replica 18's from the Sydney Flying Squadron visited the Perth Flying Squadron to commemorate the original interstate contests. He has kindly given permission for it all to be presented here. First of all is the story of two boats named Mele Bilo, the second of which is on display at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.
Below is another photo of Mele Bilo II on the Swan River from Andy White's collection.
Mele Bilo II on Display
Mele Bilo II survived as a launch and was restored in the early 2000's and is on display at the magnificent Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. See Andy White's details above. There are brief details on the restoration and a lines plan of the hull in an Appendix to the second edition of The Open Boat book, available soon.