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One of the last traditional slipways in
MORETON BAY, QUEENSLAND
is up FOR SALE
Pelican Slipways has been
operating as a slipway since
1949. This is a rare opportunity
for the maritime-minded,
looking for a fully functioning
business with plenty of
potential. Some of the fantastic
features of this yard are:
• it is located in the protected
waters of Weinam creek with
direct access to Moreton Bay
• 1326m2 of prime waterfront
land with a seabed lease and
a 20m pontoon
• allows for 5 boats, up to
40 tons, to be on the hard
• unique system of rails and
trolleys allows boats to
be pulled up and moved
This unique site also has a
second business; Pelican’s
Nautical Treasures, a
well established café with
exclusive 360 degree view
of the bay.
For more information on 2 unique businesses please visit
www.pelicanslipways.com or call +61 407 157 293
I am searching for
information on a wooden
sailboat named Antares. She
was built in France in the 1960s,
under the plan of the naval
architect Maurice Amiet.
I think she was once owned
by Australian Andrew Strachan.
She’s an old vessel (38ft), a
canoe-sterned cutter, with a
Do any of your readers know something about her?
Searching for relatives associated
with 1914 shipwreck the Antares
This year marks the centenary of the loss of the windjammer
Antares near Nullawerre, Victoria. Built in Glasgow in 1888, she
was originally named Sutlej but was renamed by the Semider
Brothers of Genoa, Italy who purchased her in 1907. Shipping
articles reveal she was a regular visitor to Australia, bringing with
her general cargo, including roofing tiles and marble.
Antares was long overdue and her disappearance remained
a mystery until a local resident, while horse riding along the
cliffs, discovered the remains of a ship. Police contacted the
Warrnambool Harbour Master who investigated the report.
Wreckage and her cargo was strewn across the base of the 200
metre high cliffs.
The shipwreck was visible in eight feet of water, and was
described by Captain Marshall as split open, with her spars
lying over one side. He discovered the remains of a ‘black’ man
and a board bearing the name Sutlej, most likely the remains of
The recovered body was buried in Warrnambool cemetery and
in recent years a headstone marking the grave and commemorating
the event has been erected. It remains a mystery as to how she
came to her fatal end, and the fate of the other 24 crew.
Descendants of the resident who reported the wreck in 1914
are asking for help in finding relatives of the lost crew, which
without a manifesto has been difficult. A commemorative plaque
and dedication ceremony will take place in December this year.
international competition in which she sailed. In 1921 against
Gloucester’s great vessel Elsie she won the Halifax Herald
International Fisherman’s Trophy which she never lost. She
defended it four times – in 1922, ’23, ’31, and ’38. Bluenose finished
a champion, winning the final series in 1938 against the Gertrude
“ In 1942 she was sold to the West Indies Trading Company and
was put into war service as a freighter. She sank off Haiti in 1946.
“ This great ship has been commemorated in the Canadian
10 cent piece and in a beautiful postage stamp.”
No doubt the photo was taken in the 1920s or ’30s. A full-
scale replica, Bluenose II, was built which I saw at Lunenburg in
1964 (see photo). Decades later I saw Bluenose II again, at Victoria,
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she was used for youth
sail training. In Australia, there is a quite large-scale model of
Bluenose in a glass case at the Canberra Yacht Club.
Generally, the Grand Banks fishing fleet of a century ago is
immortalized in Rudyard Kipling’s book Captains Courageous. This
book is still a wonderful adventure story for young people, and
enjoyable for all ages.
Regarding Roger Borrow’s RSVP (Afloat July’14) and I have a
full-rigged half-timber model of the yacht Bluenose.
On the mounting board there are two plates, the first says
“Bluenose 1924 H. Leclerc” which could be the model-makers
name but only a guess. I got the model in Montreal years ago.
The second plate has some history, but only short.
“ The fishing schooner was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia,
Canada on April 26th 1921 and for the next 17 years (1921-1938)
held the international trophy for speed. Bluenose’s seafaring years
were ended on a Haitian reef in 1946.”
The photo matches the model sail rig without a doubt.
R.S.V.P. Please ensure letters to the RSVP section include your contact
details (e.g. Name, phone number, email address and suburb).
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