It was the old man’s eldest son, another Clement, who headed further up the coast to start his own business on the thriving Williamstown foreshore, a major centre of Port Phillip Bay’s boat building industry.  Displaying a similar longevity to his father – and, latterly, the same full white beard – he would oversee the yard’s operations well into his 80s.

The new C Blunt Boat Builders was originally set up adjacent to the present site in Nelson’s Place. Clement Blunt II was granted 33 feet of frontage for a ₤10 annual rental.  His business was soon a soar-away success that benefited from the continuing expansion of Melbourne, then Australia’s largest and most prosperous city.  All manner of boats began flying off the slipway, from large pleasure boats to smaller rowing boats, including Williamstown’s first ever motor boat – the Ariel – and a fleet of 24 power launches and sailing boats for use by missionaries heading to the Solomon Islands.

On Monday evening a yacht made to the order of Mr Findley was launched from Mr Blunt’s boat building establishment in the presence of a number of members of the Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club. The boat is considered one of the finest… turned out from local sheds…The health of the builder was also drunk. Mr Findley and Mr Blunt suitably responded.

From the Advertiser, Williamstown, June 9, 1888