Pirate ship sparks interest in Airlie
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.
OUT AND ABOUT: Owners of Notorious Felicite and Graeme Wylie on the deck of the hand-built craft.