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Caravel 'Notorious' - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 29 July 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Five centuries after the Portuguese sailed, the caravel reappears on our shores! Graeme Wylie took ten years to build his caravel Notorious. Here it is at the wharf in Batemans Bay.

Notorious is not so much a replica of a caravel - it IS a caravel. These were enigmatic ships. Built before use of detailed shipbuilding plans, caravels had a similar hull size but otherwise each ship was unique. Graeme's hand crafted caravel follows this tradition.

The Dutch (Dirk Hartog in 1616) and English (James Cook in 1770) are often credited with the discovery of Australia. Other evidence - such as the Mahogany Ship - suggests that Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to sail the Australian coast as early as 1521.

NIKON D5000 1/25 second F/14.0 ISO 100 105 mm

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

That's awesome!

29 Jul 2013 6:31am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot Stephen, I'm looking forward to a closer look

29 Jul 2013 6:46am

Catherine from France

An interesting point of view for this lovely boat.
Have a nice day.

29 Jul 2013 7:08am

Devi from Chennai, India

Amazing !!! I am looking forward to see the next one:-)

29 Jul 2013 7:39am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful composition, colors & lights!

29 Jul 2013 7:42am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nicely documented. I think this shot would work very well with a more panoramic crop too.

29 Jul 2013 7:50am

@grouser: Thanks, grouser - yes, I will try a more panoramic crop.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Frightening to think that they could sail the world's most dangerous seas in boats that looked so flimsy and fragile.

29 Jul 2013 8:06am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

It is always a pleasure to see returning the old ships and to be able to admire them because it is the whole time(period) which they return with them

29 Jul 2013 8:11am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot. What great chance!! I think that you are lucky to see and shoot it.

29 Jul 2013 8:38am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Great documentary and info. Beautiful shot .

29 Jul 2013 10:43am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That is so cool! I never would've thought these ships were as small as they are.

29 Jul 2013 10:47am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I definitely agree we need a close up.

29 Jul 2013 11:31am

@Ainsley: On its way - in a ten part series!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe image, merci pour les explications. Bonne journée.

29 Jul 2013 12:24pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent capture of the wharf and surrounding bay!! I really love the "layers" of this composition, from the sky down to the water.

29 Jul 2013 1:09pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel ciel blanc et ces formes et le qui sueprbe ensemble et vue.

29 Jul 2013 1:31pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition !

29 Jul 2013 2:35pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Composition et documentaire attrayant.)

29 Jul 2013 2:43pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of the lovely boat. Lovely composition. Looking forward to see more details . :)

29 Jul 2013 2:53pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I looks to have lovely lines - nice image

29 Jul 2013 4:55pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

A great piece of history that has landed, love the story and this expansive view !~

29 Jul 2013 5:39pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wonderful narrative! I cannot believe it took so long to build. Amazing history!

29 Jul 2013 6:47pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a lovely project and a great result

29 Jul 2013 8:46pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I love the clouds. Great piece of history Stephen, thanks.

29 Jul 2013 9:11pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, that's amazing and a beautiful gathering at the water!

29 Jul 2013 11:57pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

That is brilliant!! I love the sky in this and the blues of the water too.

30 Jul 2013 3:28am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a project! A neat shot of the ship and harbor.

31 Jul 2013 12:15am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Voyons çà de plus pré... SVP... ;-))

1 Aug 2013 5:38am

1/25 second
ISO 100
105 mm