Here they come across Bass Strait from mainland Australia to the island State of Tasmania.
We have a stunning fleet of international and Australian tall ships in Constitution Dock, Hobart, Tasmania for the next 5 days.
LORD NELSON: this 180-foot, 490-ton ship carries more than 1000 square metres of sail and is based in Southampton, UK. The ship is named for the famous British commander Lord Horatio Nelson and was christened by HRH Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Ferguson in 1986. The Lord Nelson will carry up to 38 voyagers.
EUROPA: this is one of the largest in the fleet visiting Hobart, at 183 feet in length, carrying 1,250 square metres of sail. She is an historic vessel, built in Hamburg, Germany on the eve of the First World War. Europa served for many years as a lightship on the River Elbe. In 1994 it was moved to the Netherlands and re-built into a three masted square rigged bark. The interior is a luxurious fit-out in mahogany and teak, with classic dining saloon and private cabins.
DEWA RUCI: this is an Indonesian sail training ship.
YOUNG ENDEAVOUR: this vessel is operated and maintained by the Royal Australian Navy and used to train young people in the operation and command of a traditionally rigged brigantine (a vessel with a square rigged foremast and one or more fore-and-aft rigged masts). The ship was a handsome birthday gift from the United Kingdom to Australia for the Bicentennial in 1988. Young Endeavour is 144 feet long and displaces 239 tons.
OOSTERSCHELDE: a Dutch ship this three-masted topsail schooner was built in 1918 and was a cargo-carrying sail ship that once serviced all of Europe and the African coast. 164 feet long has been rebuilt to become a passenger carrying expedition ship.
SOREN LARSEN: built in Denmark in 1949, this 145-foot long barquentine was the star of the long-running television series ‘The Onedin Line’. The ship is now based in Sydney and sails regular expeditions throughout the South Pacific. The ship carries the typical barquentine sail pattern, with the foremast square-rigged and the mainmast fore-and-aft.
TECLA: a 38-metre (124 foot) logger Tecla is of pure Dutch heritage, built in Vlaardingen, Netherlands in 1915 as a fishing boat. Tecla has cruised widely in the North Sea, British Isles and the Baltic. This is her first visit to Australia and her first circumnavigation.
WINDEWARD BOUND: Hobart is not only the home port for the 108-foot two masted brigantine Windeward Bound, but she was built here, too. Constructed of recycled timber from many sources and carries mementos of many great sailing ships that went before her. The ship has been the training ground for 22 qualified ship’s masters in the last decade.
LADY NELSON: the smallest tall ship in the fleet, is only 53-foot but may be the hardest-working of them all. Based in Hobart, the little two-masted brig sails regularly throughout the year, manned by a volunteer crew and masters.