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SEABIRD has re­badged wel­come signs in recog­ni­tion of its mar­itime his­tory.

The Seabird Progress As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived a grant from the Shire of Gin­gin to re­badge the town in recog­ni­tion of its mar­itime his­tory and the schooner Sea Bird, which was wrecked on the coast in 1874 and was the town’s name­sake.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s com­mit­tee re­searched the his­tory of the Sea Bird with help from the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum, dis­cov­er­ing that it was built in 1865 by a Henry Yelver­ton as a dou­ble ended, flat bot­tomed tim­ber lighter, or a sail­ing barge.

The re­search led to con­tact with mar­itime artist Ross Shard­low, who ad­vised that the Sea Bird was re­fit­ted as a schooner for the coastal trade in 1867 and was de­scribed at the time as “cap­i­tally trimmed, and promises to be a valu­able ac­qui­si­tion to her owner”.

Shard­low pro­vided the as­so­ci­a­tion with a sketch rep­re­sent­ing the Sea Bird and do­nated it with copy­right to use it as a prospec­tive logo.

The ‘Wel­come to Seabird’ sign at the en­trance to the Seabird Road has been re­placed with a sign fea­tur­ing the Sea Bird logo.

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