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Providence Sailing

Airlie Beach


Providence V is a Gloucester schooner, a baby tallship half the size of the Blackfish, the American schooner of which she is a replica. Her builder, an Australian man who fought in the Korean War travelled all the way to the USA and visited the Mystic Seaport Museum to ask permission to get plans to build her. Back in Australia, in his boatyard at Mourilyn, a town halfway between Townsville and Cairns, he built Providence V, his first wooden boat, out of the last of the Tully rainforest timber. She has spur mahogany hull; quandong masts; penda below deck and beech decks.

She is therefore a unique boat as the original Gloucester schooners were built from American timbers. The 31st Annual Gloucester schooner festival was held in the American city of Gloucester this year. These fishing schooners became obsolete during the 1930s, displaced by motor schooners and trawlers.

Abell Point Marina, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach 4802

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