Notorious The Pirate Ship
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NOTORIOUS a little bit of information about this vessel
Sailing out of history
Graeme managed to build a 15th century Portuguese ship in his backyard. "They said you couldn't do it. Then they said it wouldn't float. And then they said it wouldn't sail. But here I am," Mr Wylie said
"She's terrific in the water. She's everything I hoped for."
This week's journey from Port Fairy to Geelong actually began 12 years ago, when he began planning a ship any pirate would be proud to own.
In the 10 years' full-time work it took the cabinet-maker and keen sailor to craft the 55-tonne wooden ship by hand in his Bushfield back yard, many were quick to laugh at his apparent folly.
Graeme, 54, said he never wavered in his belief that he could and would build a ship to sail the world.
The result is a 21m wide, 17m tall marvel that can cruise at up to seven knots and take spectators back in time. That is no accident.
Mr Wylie was inspired by the legendary Mahogany Ship, a Portuguese explorer thought shipwrecked in 1522 on the wild coast west of Warrnambool.
Brought to life with just $20,000 and old-fashioned methods. The builder drafted the design - without a computer - from pictures of the ships used by pirates and conquerors - Portuguese caravels - fashioning the "nimble and shallow- drafted" vessel by salvaging fallen cypress trees off farms and using an abandoned ironbark for the keel.
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June 5th, 2012
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