Earlie Beach is a small town of about 1,300 people, in Queensland, Australia, along the Whitsunday Coast. It is the gateway to the unparalleled islands of Whitsunday and the Great Barrier Reef.
She is very familiar with backpacks … and I was one of them! Arriving at the famous locality, I spent a couple of days relaxing and looking around, trying to find out what might interest me in the area.
I just loved the feeling of being careless, lucky to be in this great part of the world.
One day, I can't remember if I was in a backpack or in a pub, I saw a wall ad that my imagination didn't catch. The image of the gorgeous tall ship with all its sails unfurled appeared before me. One comment said that being in it would have been an adventure of a lifetime experience.
It was about a weekly cruise around the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 continental islands off Queensland's North East Coast.
I got obsessed. I knew I had to go.
The ad also posted: "Backpackers willing to help with food and cleaning services will receive a huge discount." Without hesitation, I went to a travel agency and bought a ticket right away. I was very lucky; the ship was almost booked for the next few weeks and they only had a few seats left.
I was very excited about the trip and the boat too. I started gathering information about my new vehicle, which was a brigantine.
What is brigantine seed? Sorry for the technical wording, but there is no other way to get it …
That is, they no longer exist nowadays, a double-layered sailing ship with a fully square foreword and at least two sails in the main mast: a square sail and a gull sail (behind the mast). The master is the second and longest of the two masters.
The ship was built in 1910 by the Ports and Ports of Victoria, Australia. At the time, it was called "Plover".
For its construction, they used the best materials: the New Zealand Kaur, a giant native tree and copper fixings.
This stunning 30-meter vessel was one of the last long ships on planet earth.
It's hard to describe the feeling of being in it.
Her story is catchy. She started out as a steamboat in Melbourne and worked in diversified jobs such as fishing boiler, ferry, lead boat and finally as a cruise ship.
Unfortunately, in 1986 a fire broke out. Thankfully no one died while the fire was retreating, but the deck was destroyed. Even its superstructure was completely destroyed. The boat was then abandoned in the mud for 2 years on the Marybyrnong River. A disaster!
Surely 4 boys from Germany and a professional Geelong manipulator named George Herbery had the vision to see the ship's great potential discredited.
The brothers, named Helmut, Günther and Gert Jacoby and an engineer named Ed Roleff, were ship lovers. Within 4 years and 6 months they turned the landing into a classy and elegant cruise ship.
It was so picturesque, eye-catching and unique that it was regularly used in movies. One was the infamous "Blue Lagoon" softcore …
However, the day I arrived eagerly to begin my new journey arrived …
The ship was blue with immaculate sail. What a wonderful sight when I first saw it! What a feeling to start this masterpiece!
My imagination went wild … The Golden Plover reminded me of pirates, black and white skull flags, the symbol of piracy par excellence … of deadly naval battles and hidden treasures …
Not only was I on a great boat … I would sail along the legendary, stunning Whitsunday Islands.
Shiny white sandy beaches and turquoise waters were waiting for me …
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