Notorious ‘pirate ship’ sets sail for our shores

YAMBA BOUND: The Nortorious, a recreation of a 15th century caravel. Photo: Trevor Veale
YAMBA BOUND: The Nortorious, a recreation of a 15th century caravel. Photo: Trevor Veale

YE best be keeping a keen eye towards the horizon in Yamba tomorrow, lest ye miss the arrival of 'Notorious', a full-size recreation of a 15th century caravel.

Today being International Talk like a Pirate Day, ye may be forgiven for mistaking the vessel for a pirate ship.

But be reassured; Yamba is not about to be pillaged or plundered.

Owners Captain Graeme Wylie and wife Felicite say the 58-tonne caravel is not really a pirate ship, although it will be berthing for a few days at the Yamba Shores Tavern.

Admitting Notorious does look a lot like the infamous Black Pearl from the Hollywood blockbuster series Pirates of the Caribbean, Felicite said she understood why people, especially children, often identified the vessel as a pirate ship.

"It's what children see when they see the ship," she said.

"This type of vessel was loved by pirates because of its easy manoeuvrability and its ability to sail close to shore and into rivers... but it's not actually a pirate ship." Built single-handedly by Graeme over 10 years from reclaimed timber at his home in south-west Victoria, Notorious is 17.5 metres long and the earliest ship reconstruction in Australia.

For the past few days Notorious has been wowing the crowds in Coffs Harbour and she will set sail for Yamba today, to arrive tomorrow in time for the weekend and the start of the school holidays.

Yamba Shores Tavern will be the ninth port of call of this historic voyage along the eastern seaboard of Australia, which began in Port Fairy on February 7, 2011.

Notorious will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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