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Enterprize Replica

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Namesake  Enterprize
Laid down  October 1991
Homeport  Docklands, Melbourne
Owner  Enterprize Ship Trust
Launched  30 August 1997
Status  Active as of 2017
Enterprize Replica

The Enterprize is a replica Topsail Schooner built in Melbourne, Australia. It is currently operated by a not-for-profit group for the purpose of providing the people of Melbourne with a means of experiencing nineteenth century sailing and the city's history.


Building the Replica

Planning of a replica began in 1989 and construction commenced in 1991, with the keel laid at the Melbourne Maritime Museum. It was completed at the Old Ports and Harbour Yard in Williamstown, and was officially launched by Felicity Kennett, the wife of the Premier of Victoria, Jeff Kennett, on the 162nd Melbourne Day in 1997. The replica took six years to build as it was constructed using traditional 19th century methods. It was made using Australian-grown timber, much of which was recycled including: Jarrah, Huon Pine, Kauri, Celery Top Pine and Ironbark. The ship's two masts are local California Redwood, its sails are traditional hand-sewn flax and its rigging is traditional tarred hemp. The replica was launched on 30 August 1997 at Hobson's Bay for a total cost of $2.5 million. The Enterprize was the first square-rigged commercial sailing ship to be built in Melbourne in 120 years.

The Original Enterprize

The original schooner Enterprize was built in Hobart in 1829 by William Pender. It was used as a cargo vessel till 1835, after which it was purchased by John Pascoe Fawkner to carry a settlement party to the future site of Melbourne. It was captained by Peter Hunter. After the settlement, the ship was then used as a trading vessel till 1847, when it was wrecked on the shoal of the Richmond River in northern New South Wales.

Current Activity

The replica Enterprize operates both short and long sails for public, schools and private groups.

Her most common sails are:

  • One Hour Day Sails
  • 1.5 Hour Evening Sails
  • Overnight voyages (Between Docklands and Geelong/Portarlington/Mornington)
  • Evening voyages (Between Docklands and Geelong/Portarlington/Mornington)
  • 1 day School Excursions
  • She also has:

  • 4-5 Day School Voyages
  • 6-8 Day Public voyages
  • 1 Day Private Charters
  • Overnight Private Charters
  • References

    Enterprize Replica Wikipedia

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