is a replica fifteenth century caravel
A caravel is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. The lateen sails gave her speed and the capacity for sailing to windward...
, currently under construction. The ship has taken twenty years to build, made entirely from reclaimed timber. It was launched at Martins Point, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia on Monday, 7th of February, 2011. Currently, The Notorious
is largely complete, however still needs its mast before it can undergo planned sea trials in the summer of 2011.
has been a project of Graeme Wylie, who originally started the project 10 years ago. The inspiration for the ship was a local legend (or possible history) of the area where Wylie lived, the Mahogany Ship
The Mahogany Ship refers to a putative, early shipwreck that is purported to lie beneath the sand in the Armstrong Bay area, approximately 3 to 6 kilometres west of Warrnambool in southwest Victoria, Australia...
. The story is that a Portuguese shipwreck had long been located in the area, and was still visible in the mid 1800's, but since has been covered over with sand.
Inspired by this legend, Wylie has spent twenty thousand dollars Australian, and thousands of manhours working on the ship. The ship has been carefully built based on period drawings of caravelles, as well as advice from historians. The ship was known while under construction as the Raven
, but christened the Notorious
when launched in February 2011 at Martin's Point in Port Fairy, Victoria. Wylie is a keen sailor and a professional cabinetmaker.
The keel for the ship was laid in April 2002. The keel itself is made from ironbark
Ironbark is a common name of a number of species in three taxonomic groups within the genus Eucalyptus that have dark, deeply furrowed bark....
salvaged from a road at the Breakwater in Warnambool, near where Wylie lives. The ribs of the ship were completed towards the end of 2003. By 2008 the ship was opened to the public at the construction site, while the planking was still being completed. The ship was largely completed by February 2011.
The ship weighs 55 tonnes, and is a replica Caravel, a type of ship used in the 15th century. It is 21 metres long, six metres wide and 17 metres high. Apart from the keel, most of the wood for its construction is recycled & reclaimed Monterey Cypress, and the ship is covered in 600 litres of tar.