Notorious look at 16th century
IT’S one quite painstaking thing to build a replica ship in a bottle.
But it’s another challenge again to completely build a full-scale, all-wood replica of a 16th century Portuguese caravel that is able to master the oceans.
The only example of such a piece of work in the southern hemisphere is the Notorious, which amateur boat-builder Graeme Wylie put his heart and soul into.
And Notorious is about to present itself to the people of the Whitsundays this weekend.
This is the second visit, as Notorious made its inaugural trip to Airlie in 2014.
“Graeme was inspired to build Notorious after researching caravels, one of which was wrecked between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, in south-western Victoria,” his partner Felicite Wylie said.
“The shipwreck is believed to have been a caravel from a secret voyage of discovery along the east coast of Australia in 1522.
“Graeme began salvaging Monterey cypress from bulldozed windbreaks in south-western Victoria, using this very stable and beautiful timber to make unique furniture.
“Eventually, with more than 300 tonnes of logs in his back yard, Graeme decided to build a boat.”
As there was no archaeological evidence of a caravel ever found, Graeme spent two years researching the project.
Notorious’s keel was laid in 2002 and she was launched in 2011, with her maiden voyage from the Southern Ocean through Bass Strait in January 2012.
Since then, Graeme, Felicite and their 15-year-old Jack Russell terrier Seadog April have sailed Notorious sailed more than 16,000 nautical miles between Hobart and Port Douglas, through the Southern Ocean, Bass Strait, the Tasman and Coral Seas.
Notorious will be on display from Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm each day, at the Whitsunday Sailing Club arm of Port of Airlie Marina.
Admission for adults (15+) is $5, children (supervised 2–14 years) $2 and infants under two years free entry. More details can be found at Facebook/notorioustheship.
PIRATE SHIP: The 16th century era ship the Notorious will be docking in the Whitsundays this Friday.