Author David Jones will speak at the Redland museum at 2pm on November 26 on his book Three Ladies of Moreton Bay, co-written with his brother Colin.
The book tells the story of three of Hayles launches, Mirimar, Mirabel and Mirana, remembered in Brisbane for their popular bay and river excursions.
Mr Jones said the boats were a vital part of the city's river scene and a way of life for half a century.
Located in the city under the Victoria Bridge, these vessels ran to all corners of Moreton Bay as well as upstream to Lone Pine. A cruise on Moreton Bay was a popular past-time and Hayles launches made Stradbroke Island, and particularly Point Lookout, accessible to the wider public.
The Hayles firm operated from Brisbane for about 50 years and two of their launches exceeded 75 years, with the Mirimar operational until 2009.
Mr Jones gained a life-long interest in shipping, observing vessels on the river and going on family day trips on Moreton Bay. He retired after a career in the Queensland Audit Office, allowing him to further pursue his interest in maritime history. He regularly volunteers in the Queensland Maritime museum library, and has published several books, papers, and articles on nautical historical subjects.
Entry is $6 members and $10 non members, inclusive of museum entry and morning tea.