Replica ship sails into Airlie Beach
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.facebook.com/notorioustheship.
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.