I love a good pirate story just as much as the next person, especially if it is a good news story like this little gem.
The Notorious is a replica 15th century caravel, build from reclaimed timber by Graeme Wylie. As the story goes it has taken many years and lots of hard work as well as ridicule from community members for the ship to be completed and to eventually (early 2012) set sail from Port Fairy in Victoria for its maiden voyage. Graeme is a professional cabinet maker and it is easy to see his careful work and attention to detail. He (Poppy Pirate) and his partner (Nanny Pirate) sail around during the summer season docking at different towns along the coast of Australia, sharing their treasure and stories of their experience with tourists as well as school and community group. During the winter months they dropped anchor close to shore to avoid the risky high seas of winter.
They deserve congratulations for their hard work and commitment to a vision and their long-term plan.
It is easy to imagine and fantasise about life on the high seas with the ships cat, a few friends and a barrel of rum!!