'Notorious' pirate ship is docked at South Bank until Sunday 5th July and is open for all to jump aboard 10-4pm daily. On a suitably wet and gloomy Brisbane day, my two year old daughter could not pass up the opportunity to visit Notorious. As Dora's pirate adventures regularly feature in our bedtime stories, she was fascinated, albeit a little scared, to 'walk the plank' aboard in search of pirates and their treasure. On board we were fascinated to find a map (although I could not see a red X), treasure chests and sparkling jewels, and even a skull below the deck. It did take some convincing, and reassurance that any pirates would be sleeping, to descend the narrow steps into the darkened rooms and sleeping quarters below.
Although Notorious is not actually a pirate ship, it is a recreation of a 1400's Portugese caravel that was preferred by pirates for its speed. Graeme Wylie built Notorious for his wife Felicite, from their home just outside Warrnambool, Victoria. He spent 2 and a half years on the design and then 9 years building the ship before it was launched at Port Fairy in February 2011. Graeme and Felicite now spend 11 months of the year living aboard Notorious, which has clocked over 11,000 miles and is currently making its way up the East coast for the third time.