Notorius open for inspection


Children and parents alike will delight in coming aboard a “real life pirate ship” this March as the replica 15th Century Spanish Caravel “Notorius” opens it’s decks (both above and below!) to the public during the Yanmar Wooden Boatshop Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong.


Caravels were the first ship style designed specifically for ocean crossing;

Christopher Columbus' voyaged across the Atlantic with his flagship 'La Niña', a caravel very similar in size to Notorious.


Notorious is the first caravel to sail these waters in over 500 years, since Christovao Mendonca's  epic voyage of 1522.


Inspired by the legendary Mahogany Ship in Southwest Victoria,

(an ancient shipwreck discovered in 1836 on the Victorian S/W coast, believed to be from Mendonça's fleet), Captain Graeme Wylie researched, designed & built Notorious single handedly over 10 years at his property in Bushfield, S/W Victoria.


Notorious is constructed almost entirely from reclaimed Monterey cypress, (Cupressus macrocarpa) salvaged from parks & farms in the South West of Victoria - not a single tree was felled for her build.


First launched at Port Fairy on 7th February 2011, Notorius will be open for inspection from 10am til 4pm daily during the Yanmar Wooden Boatshop Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong – Saturday 12th – Monday 14th March.


Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for children – children under 2 are free of charge. All children must be supervised by an accompanying adult.


Come and see the mysterious “black ship” on Stony Point Pier at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club this Labour Day weekend! 


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