Replica ship sails into Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to board a replica 15th Cen­tury ship docked at the Abell Point Ma­rina from to­day un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 10.

The mighty No­to­ri­ous is a recre­ation of a 15th cen­tury Span­ish or Por­tuguese car­avel, re­searched, de­signed and cre­ated sin­gle-hand­edly by Graeme Wylie, at his home in Bush­field, Vic­to­ria.

Car­avels were a rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­sign in the 1500's, be­ing the ships of dis­cov­ery that en­abled Euro­pean ex­plor­ers to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world.

Mr Wylie was in­spired to recre­ate a car­avel by the mys­te­ri­ous Ma­hogany, an an­cient wreck first dis­cov­ered by Euro­peans in 1836 near War­rnam­bool, in south­west Vic­to­ria.

No­to­ri­ous is Aus­tralia's ear­li­est ship re­con­struc­tion and the only car­avel in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

She was launched in Fe­bru­ary 2011 at Port Fairy, Vic­to­ria, with an ex­cited crowd of over 400 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

Since her maiden voy­age in Jan­uary 2012, No­to­ri­ous has sailed more than 5000 nau­ti­cal miles in the South­ern Ocean, Bass Strait, Tas­man and Co­ral seas.

Classed as a mu­seum ship, she has now voy­aged to the Whit­sun­days and will be open for pub­lic in­spec­tion from 10am-4pm, from Au­gust 7-10. Ad­mis­sion costs $5 for adults and $2 for chil­dren.

For in­for­ma­tion or to fol­low the ship’s ad­ven­tures visit www.face­­to­ri­ous­the­ship.

IM­PRES­SIVE SHIP: No­to­ri­ous, the recre­ation of a 15th cen­tury Span­ish or Por­tuguese car­avel, will be open to the pub­lic at Abell Point Ma­rina from Au­gust 7-10.

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