Enterprize continued to operate as a coastal trader until 1847 when she was wrecked with the loss of two lives crossing the bar of the Richmond River in northern New South Wales.
The keel for the 27 metre replica was laid at the Polly Woodside Museum in 1991 and construction completed at Williamstown's Ports and Harbours ship yard before being launched there on 30th August 1997.
A two-masted top-sail schooner Enterprize was constructed using traditional methods and a variety of timbers including Jarrah, Huon Pine, Kauri, Celery Top and Iron Bark. Her Californian Redwood masts are fitted with tarred hemp rigging and sails of hand-sewn flax.
In blustery conditions Enterprize approaches Williamstown under shortened sail.
Enterprize offers a variety of tall-ship experiences ranging from one-hour Bay sails to day trips, point-to-point transits, weekend trips and extended voyages.
A day on the Bay will commence around 10am returning to port at approximately 5pm with the actual route varying according to prevailing winds. Passengers are encouraged to assist the crew in sailing the vessel and a cold, platter style lunch is served.
Cost is $170 for adults, ($150 for concession card holders) and $120 for children.
Sailing dates for season 2011/12 are:-
Sunday 9th October
Sunday 11th December
Sunday 8th January
Sunday 29th January
Sunday 12th February
Wednesday 25th April (ANZAC Day)
Sunday 13th May.
Overnight adventure sails depart on a Friday evening and offer a 24 hour experience sailing and navigating Enterprize. All meals are included and guest-crew are accommodated in bunks in the main saloon.
Cost is $280 per person with sailings planned for 7/8 October 2011, 9/10 December 2011, 6/7 January 2012, 21/22 January 2012, 10/11 February 2012 and 11/12 May 2012.
The seasons extended voyages include Port Welshpool 18th – 23rd November 2011 and to Portland 1st – 5th March 2012 returning 19th – 23rd March.
Enterprize also undertakes an extended voyage to Tasmania in alternate years, the next in 2013.
A crewman works on the maze of ropes that form Enterprize's rigging.