No­to­ri­ous look at 16th cen­tury

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT | ON THE WATER -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PI­RATE SHIP: The 16th cen­tury era ship the No­to­ri­ous will be dock­ing in the Whit­sun­days this Fri­day.

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