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Pirate ship docking on Coast, opening doors to public

A pirate ship has anchored off Mooloolaba.
A pirate ship has anchored off Mooloolaba. Mark Furler

AHOY there ma hearties.... there is a pirate ship anchored off Mooloolaba.

Alas, it is not some deep throat scavengers looking for a place to hide their stolen treasures.

And no, it's not even Johnny Depp trying to keep his precious pooches out of the watchful eyes of Barnaby Joyce.

 

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard apologise for bringing their dogs into Australia.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard apologise for bringing their dogs into Australia. Contributed

The 17.5 metre ship, called Notorious, belongs to Victoria's Graeme and Felicite Wylie.

Graeme built it from scratch over a 10-year period from large logs of Monterey cypress trees once earmarked for a bonfire on farms in Victoria.

He carefully studied the designs of the 15th century Portuguese caravels to come up with his own rare replica.

Except his 58-tonne wooden ship is equipped a modern GPS navigation system and a diesel engine and the ship has its own Facebook page.

The couple have been living on-board and sailing around since January 2012.

Felicite told the Daily it would be anchored at the Mooloolaba wharf for the long weekend, from today.

"We have done 15,000 nautical miles," she said.

"We open the vessel as a museum ship for public inspections when we visit ports."

And all wannabe pirates can have a chance to have a look through it this weekend.

Felicite said it would be open for inspection from 10am-4pm daily on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Adult entrance costs $5 and children, aged two to 15, cost $2. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

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