Notorious 15th century replica ship docks in Mackay
A 15TH century-replica caravel ship has sailed into Mackay Marina.
But you’ll have to be quick to spot it as it sails out early tomorrow morning.
Graeme Wiley hand-built the Notorious ship over nine years out of fallen logs.
“There were no plans from the 15th century, everything was built by eye,” Mr Wiley said.
“In the case of caravels, they’ve never found the remains of one anywhere in the world so there isn’t a single concrete bit of evidence of this type of vessel anywhere.
“So it took two years to research it and do all the drawings and that sort of thing and a few years before that collecting the timber and building all the saws.
“It’s an accumulation of a lifetime really of interest and skill.
“It’s a good life now, we get to live on board now and sail around the country.”
Sailing together with wife Felicite, they said it was the only caravel sailing in the southern hemisphere.
The Pirates of the Caribbean art director once offered to buy the ship to use in the film, Mrs Wiley said.
Usually, the couple offer tours on board the Notorious but this trip was an exception due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Still, it is an impressive and rare sight so it’s worth a trip down to the Mackay Marina to take a peek from a distance.