Repli­cas catch at­ten­tion

Southern Telegraph - - News - Neil Watkin­son and Chloe Fraser

Port Kennedy vet­eran Lau­rie Drage spent two weeks at his son’s boil­er­mak­ing work­shop in Boul­der last month, build­ing two replica Har­poon mis­siles to be un­veiled at the To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of WA’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Bal­divis on Sun­day.

Mr Drage said he chose to repli­cate the Har­poon be­cause it was a mod­ern weapon Aus­tralian land, sea and air forces had used in con­flicts in­clud­ing Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the 1.8m repli­cas, con­structed of steel and bear­ing the proper in­signia, weighed about 80kg each and made quite an im­pres­sion when trans­ported on the back of his ute from Drage Boil­er­mak­ing Ser­vices in Boul­der to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s clu­b­rooms in Bal­divis.

He gen­er­ated plenty of com­ment from the State’s truck­ing com­mu­nity as he was trav­el­ling along Great Eastern High­way.

“By the time I got to Perth, I was the ‘rocket man’,” he said.

“Some even stopped me to get their pic­ture with the mis­siles.”

The replica mis­siles will be placed in the me­mo­rial gar­dens, next to an­other replica weapon that Drage Boil­er­mak­ing Ser­vices pre­vi­ously built — the World War II-era two-man “hu­man tor­pedo” frog­man sub­ma­rine, which was un­veiled at last year’s To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of WA’s An­zac Day ser­vice.

At the time, Mr Drage said serv­ing Aus­tralian sub­mariners marched dur­ing the cer­e­mony and stood be­hind the replica, which was un­veiled by HMAS Stir­ling

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Cap­tain Brian De­la­m­ont.

He said the idea was for peo­ple to sit on it and re­flect on the peo­ple who have served and died.

The Viet­nam vet­eran said he was al­ready con­tem­plat­ing fu­ture replica projects.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of WA pres­i­dent Les Crowe and vice-pres­i­dent Lau­rie Drage will un­veil two replica Har­poon mis­siles at a Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Bal­divis.

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