Replica ship extends stay in Whitsundays
NOTORIOUS, a 15th century replica of a Spanish or Portuguese caravel, will remain in the Whitsundays this weekend after capturing plenty of attention in recent days.
Created, researched and designed by Graeme Wylie, Notorious docked at Abell Point Marina on August 7 and was scheduled to leave on Sunday, August 10.
Due to popular demand, the caravel will remain the centre of attention at the marina until this Sunday, August 17.
“We’ve had wonderful feedback. People who visited last week were very happy,” Felicite Wylie said.
“There were kids not wanting to leave. We don’t like to see children carried off kicking and screaming, but overall it has been wonderful.” Mrs Wylie said “several hundred” spectators had climbed aboard, and expected that number to increase significantly across the weekend as word of mouth started to spread. 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 and 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.
The museum ship will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information or to follow the ship’s adventures, visit www.facebook.com/notorioustheship.
REPLICA: Notorious, a 15th century replica ship, will remain at Abell Point Marina over the weekend after attracting plenty of attention throughout the week.