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The Portuguese Caravel 'Notorious' at Batemans Bay

The Portuguese Caravel 'Notorious' at Batemans Bay
People queuing to inspect the replica 15th century Portuguese caravel 'Notorious' at Batemans Bay, NSW Australia. Though not totally proven, it is very probable that several ships of this type, led by the Portuguese explorer Cristóvão de Mendonça were the first to sail down Australia's east coast in the early 1500s - about 250 years prior to Captain Cook's trip in the 'Endeavour'!

I now have written and illustrated an article about the 'Notorious' and the early European exploration of Australia: Were the Portuguese first to explore the Australian coast? You can follow the doings of the 'Notorious' on Facebook - look for notorioustheship .

©UdoSm, Phil Sutters, Gillian Everett, Maria and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Beautiful !!!
Good morning from city beautiful Chandigarh ! Have an enjoyable day !
7 years ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Rambonp
Thank you
7 years ago.
excellent image & story...
7 years ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Dynamo
Many thanks AJ.
7 years ago.
Compliments !!! Good evening from City beautiful Chandigarh !!! Wishing an enjoyable weekend !
7 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
WOW!!! What a ship!!! What a sight, and how awesome that you could see it up close!
7 years ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Janet Brien club
Thank you Janet, catching up with this ship has really made my week. :)
7 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Fantastic capture!
7 years ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Peter Van Der Houwen
Thank you.
7 years ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Interesting. Wonder how it can be proved. I'm always fascinated by anything about the early explorers, especially James Cook.
6 years ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Gillian Everett club
Thank you, Gillian. I also find this early history fascinating, though for several reasons (see my article) it's now unlikely it will ever be 'proven' totally that the Portuguese were first.
6 years ago.
©UdoSm club
Great - I like such old ships...
15 months ago.

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