View the bustling metropolis of Melbourne from the quiet serenity of MV Alexander Stuart.
• 3 hour cruise on a tall ship
View the bustling metropolis of Melbourne from the quiet serenity of SV Alexander Stewart, a charming handcrafted timber ketch styled after "Spray", the first ship to circumnavigate the globe with a solo crew.
Join a friendly and attentive crew for a 3 hour sailing experience in Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Hoist the sails and help with the operation of the ship, or just sit back and soak up the gentle exhilaration of sailing aboard a tall ship - it's up to you!
Departing from Docklands you'll sail down the Yarra and out into the Bay ready for an experience that you'll remember forever.
Afternoon tea is included with snacks, bottled water and soft-drinks available. Why not bring your favourite bottle of wine or a couple of bottles of beer to help you relax and unwind.
Book now for an unforgettable sailing experience!
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Loved the whole experience Crew were great. Would highly recommend
About The Alexander Stewart
The Alexander Stewart is constructed in timber, rigged as a gaff ketch. (Two masts, the foremast being the tallest, main) There is a crow’s nest on the main mast, originally used for spotting treacherous reefs, land & other sailing boats in the distance.
The style of timber construction used on the Alexander Stewart is called cold moulding, an extremely strong method of timber boat construction. The keel is laminated in one piece from the bowsprit to the bumpkin, the ribs and stringers are laminated into one piece. The hull is formed by moulding thin pieces of high quality timber planking over the ribs. The Alexander Stewart’s hull is made from 5 skins of 10mm thick fine grained clear No.1 Oregon (Douglas Fir) This type of construction only became available with the advent of high quality & cost effective epoxy laminating glues.
The Original “Spray”
The Lines of the Alexander Stewart were taken directly from Joshua Slocum’s book “Sailing Alone Around the World”, which documents the first solo circumnavigation of the globe (1895-1898) in a boat called the “Spray”. The original Spray was smaller than the Alexander Stewart. The Spray was re-built from an old oyster boat in 1892, so the hull shape was likely from the early 1800’s.
Joshua Slocum’s “Spray” became very well known as a reliable & seaworthy boat, it is likely that there have been over 800 copies made as the “Spray” has become a symbol for freedom and adventure.
Joshua Slocum visited Melbourne on his famous voyage in 1896, for a time he stayed at St Kilda, were he caught a large shark and displayed it to the public for some income.
There is plenty of information available on Joshua Slocum & the “Spray”, his famous book ‘Sailing Alone Around the World’ is also a good read.
The Alexander Stewart 1969-Present
In the late 60’s the Mitchell family along with some good friends decided they would build a vessel to sail the oceans of the world including a journey into the Arctic Circle. The design was of great concern—the vessel had to carry 18 people over long journeys and in close company. After much deliberation, the Alexander Stewart was inspired by and styled after the famous ship which Joshua Slocum achieved the first solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1898. This is one of the most famous sailing adventure stories of sailing around the world single handed.
The Alexander Stewart was hand built in Sydney over 17 years by three generations of the Mitchell Family and is the celebration of Australia’s ship building and wooden boat craftsmanship skill. Commenced by Grandfather Alexander Stewart Mitchell, and his son’s John & Clive the vessel is a work of art as well as a work of love. There is now the 4th generation of the Mitchell family working on the boat.
Their eye to detail and craftsmanship has created one of the best presented traditional vessels chartering in Melbourne with the unique layout of nine private cabins. The classic charm and rich timber fit out along with spacious open decks make a perfect vessel for a sailing adventure.
The Alexander Stewart spent 11 years working the waters of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. (2002-2013) 3 day sailing trips were the specialty; the boat worked hard, two trips every week meant that all but one day a week was spent at sea.
The Alexander Stewart now calls Melbourne’s Docklands precinct home.