Pi­rate ship sparks in­ter­est in Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

VISI­TORS to the Port of Air­lie Ma­rina at the week­end had the chance check out a mod­ern take on a 15th cen­tury ship.

The No­to­ri­ous, a back­yard-built replica of a Por­tuguese or Span­ish car­avel, re­turned to Whit­sun­day wa­ters af­ter an ab­sence of al­most three years.

The ship was re­searched, de­signed and built dur­ing the course of a decade by Graeme Wylie from re­claimed tim­ber at his home in Vic­to­ria and was launched in 2011.

No­to­ri­ous has since sailed over 16,000 nau­ti­cal miles be­tween Ho­bart and Port Dou­glas, through the South­ern Ocean, Bass Strait, the Tas­man be­fore head­ing back to the Co­ral Sea this past week.

Part owner of the ship Felicite Wylie said there had been a very high level of public in­ter­est while in the Whitsundays.

“We have had all sorts of peo­ple visit the ship. From in­ter­na­tional visi­tors to ship­wrights, lo­cal yacht own­ers and tourism op­er­a­tors,” she said.

Ms Wylie said in the past the vis­it­ing of No­to­ri­ous had been a cat­a­lyst that brought to the fore knowl­edge of lo­cal ship­wrecks.

On this visit to the Whitsundays no such knowl­edge was dis­cov­ered but it had been a “lovely” stay at the Port of Air­lie.

“We would love to come back and we will,” Ms Wylie said.

It is hoped the No­to­ri­ous will visit Bowen, Townsville, Cairns and Port Dou­glas in time for the school holidays.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing the ship left its berth to an­chor in Pi­o­neer Bay be­fore weigh­ing an­chor once again and con­tin­u­ing its jour­ney north from the Whitsundays.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

OUT AND ABOUT: Own­ers of No­to­ri­ous Felicite and Graeme Wylie on the deck of the hand-built craft.

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