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Hop Aboard Notorious, a 15th Century Caravel

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by Kate Shelby (subscribe)
My name is Kate Shelby. I love travelling, food & Netflix. You can catch me at or @thekateshelby
Published January 11th 2017
Walking towards the ferry terminal on an overcast day a black ship leans back and forth as the Citycats pass by. The dark caravel named Notorious has a presence that cannot be compared with any other vessel in Australia.

Notorious is a recreation of a 15th Century Portuguese Caravel made of reclaimed timber. The research and construction of the 1480's caravel has taken Graeme Wylie over 10 years. The project originally was inspired by legends of a mahogany ship buried beneath the sand in the Armstrong Bay area.

Graeme, along with his wife Felicite, were berthed at the South Bank River Outlook terminal on International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I felt it fitting that I take the opportunity to get on board Notorious with my 10 year old son Ryan.

The dark caravel has a beautiful ambience beneath the staircase. The light gently flickering creates the perfect setting for your imagination. Run your hand along the treasure chests and stand by the fireplace while your children recreate scenes in their minds of explorers and pirates on the sea.

Would you be the captain? Your sleeping quarters boast treasure, a helmet and a long silver sword. Notorious runs on a diesel engine and has modern day comforts hidden away from eyes view, ensuring you experience its true historic value.

With no plans or a real Caravel available Graeme Wylie relied on research and historical hand drawings to create Notorious. Bringing the incredible ship to life was a costly and timely project but his passion for the project is evident in the result.

Notorious is Australia's only recreation of its kind and boasts a unique opportunity to get in the hull for a handful of change. You are sure to impress your children during school holidays by taking them onto Notorious, which travels along Australia's coastline berthing at different locations throughout the year.

For information on where Notorious will be please visit the 'Notorious" Faceboook page.

She is currently docked at Bongaree Jetty, Bribie Island, until Sunday 15th January from 10 am - 4pm daily and will be at Raby Bay Public Pontoon, open for inspection from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January from 10am - 4pm daily.

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