Replica Spanish ship sails into Gladstone
A REPLICA of a Spanish ship from 1480 will dock in Gladstone today.
The ship, Notorious, will be open for public inspection on Saturday and Sunday.
Inspiration for the ship came from the mysterious caravel Mahogany ship, an ancient wreck first discovered by Europeans in 1836 near Warrnambool in south-west Victoria.
The wreck was last seen in 1886, and it is thought to have been one of three caravels that voyaged down the east coast of Australia in 1522.
Interested parties have searched for the wreck for 100 years without success.
The ship, designed and created by Graeme Wylie, was constructed using recycled and reclaimed Monterey Cypress, and has a period finish known as black varnish, a mixture of Stockholm tar, linseed oil, pure turpentine and pitch.
Notorious was launched in February 2011 at Port Fairy, Victoria.
Since Notorious' maiden voyage in January 2012, she has sailed more than 7000nm in the Southern Ocean, Bass Strait, Tasman and Coral Seas.
Notorious is Australia's earliest ship reconstruction, and is the only caravel in the Southern Hemisphere.
The public is invited on-board and below deck between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The ship will be docked at the public jetty at Auckland Inlet.
Admission is $5 adults and $2 children.
You can also follow the adventures of Notorious on www.facebook.com/notorioustheship.