Earlie Beach and the Golden Plover


Earlie Beach is a small town of about 1,300 people, in the state of Queensland, Australia, along the coast of Whitsunday. It is the entrance to the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

It's very popular with backpacks … and I was one of them! After arriving at the famous locality, I spent a few days relaxing and looking around, trying to figure out what might interest me in the area.

I just loved the feeling of being carelessly free, happy to be in this prime part of the world.

One day, I don't remember if I was in a backpack or a cafe, I saw a commercial on the wall that defused my imagination. A beautiful tall ship with all its sails open appeared before me. The comment said it would be an adventure of a lifetime experience.

There was a weekly cruise around the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 Continental Islands off the north east coast of Queensland.

I was hooked. I knew I had to go.

The ad also posted: "Backpackers who are willing to help with food service and cleaning will receive a huge discount." Without hesitation I went to a travel agency and immediately bought a ticket. I was very lucky; the ship is almost reserved for next week and there are only a few seats left.

I was very excited about the trip and the boat. I started collecting information about my new vehicle, which was brigantine.

What is a brigantine? Sorry for the technical text, but there is no other way around it …

It was, nowadays, no longer in existence, a glider sailboat with a fully square backed sail and at least two sails on the main mast: the square sail and the main sail (behind the mast). The main mast is the second and taller of the two masts.

The ship was built in 1910 by the Ports and Ports of Victoria, Australia. At that time they called her "Plover".

The best materials were used to build it: New Zealand Kauri, giant stem wood and copper buckles.

This stunning 30-foot ship was one of the last tall ships on planet Earth.

It's hard to describe the feeling of being on it.

His story is fascinating. It started as a steamboat boat in Melbourne and worked in various jobs as a fishing ketch, ferry, fish boat and eventually as a striking cruise ship.

Unfortunately, in 1986, it caught fire. Fortunately no one was killed while the fire raged, but the deck was destroyed. Even its superstructure was completely destroyed. The ship was then abandoned in the mud for two years in the Marybyrnong River. Disaster!

Four guys from Germany and a professional Geelong striker named George Herbery had a vision to see the huge potential of a discredited ship.

The brothers called Helmut, G√ľnther and Gert Jacoby and the engineer called Ed Roleff were fans of the boats. Within 4 years and 6 months, they have transformed the scaffold into an elegant and elegant sailboat.

It was so picturesque, attractive and unique that it was regularly used in movies. One was the infamous "Blue Lagoon" softcore …

However, the day I was eagerly waiting to begin my new journey had arrived …

The boat was blue with impeccable sails. What a wonderful sight when I first saw it! What a feeling to start this mastery!

My imagination went crazy … The Golden Plover reminded me of pirates, black and white flags with a skull, a symbol of piracy par excellence … a deadly naval battle and hidden treasure …

Not only was I on a magnificent vessel … I went on a cruise to the legendary, stunning Whitsunday Islands.

Great white sandy beaches and turquoise water were waiting for me …

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