AHOY: Graeme and Felicite Wylie stand ashore from their ship notorious, modelled after a 15th century Spanish caravel, which will be open to the public at Corcoran Park.
AHOY: Graeme and Felicite Wylie stand ashore from their ship notorious, modelled after a 15th century Spanish caravel, which will be open to the public at Corcoran Park.

Locals are invited back to step back in time

GRAEME and Felicite Wylie are inviting residents in the Clarence Valley to step back in time and step on board their ship, Notorious, modelled after a 15th century Spanish caravel.

The ship which regularly travels the east coast of Australia is making its first visit to Grafton this weekend after plans last year were aborted due to construction work on the Harwood Bridge.

Mr Wylie built the ship was his own hands using reclaimed monterey cypress timbers.

"The ship was launched in 2011 in Port Fairy in Victoria and built by myself in the nine years prior to then," Mr Wylie said.

"It is a re-creation of a 15th century Portuguese or Spanish caravel, which are the types of ships that all of the early European explorers, like Christopher Columbus, used.

"Near Warrnambool in Victoria in the sand dunes there is legend of an old shipwreck that was believed to be a caravel in 1522. That made me aware of caravels and I began researching them further and I just think they are a fantastically interesting style of vessel and they are very piratical."

The ship will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday at Corcoran Park.

Entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult.



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