14th March 2009, 05:52
Was in Williams Town Melbourne on Monday when the 'Spirit of Mystery' docked. For those of you not familiar with this craft she is a 36ft Cornish Lugger. Built as areplica of the original one thta sailed from Newlyn Cornwall on 18thNovember 1854. Then she sailed with a crew of seven traveling via Cape Town where she delivered mail for the post office. This replica sailed with a crew of only four travelling the same route. Two days before ariving she was hit by a very heavy sea rolling through 90 degrees. as a result one of the crew broke a leg. To have sailed such a vessel all that way was an achievement, and an even bigger one back in 1854. She will stay in Australian waters for a while, going to Sydney for the boat show then down to Tasmania for a while.