Welcome on board the Julie Burgess!
The Julie Burgess is the last of the beautiful Burgess Family fishing ketches that plied the waters of Bass Strait and its islands. The ketch was purpose built to harvest the rich crayfish fields of Bass Strait and Tasmania. The central well in the ketch made it possible to hold enormous amounts of live crays that were taken to the railway station at Stony Point in Westernport Bay for transportation to the Melbourne markets - still fresh!
Volunteers have lovingly restored the ketch, so that you can relive the classic days of sailing in Bass Strait. Two-hour sailings are scheduled from October* through to the end of June on Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions. Please note minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. Sailings go out the mouth of the Mersey River into Bass Strait towards Don Heads and passing the Bluff precinct. Extended sailings available on request. The Julie Burgess can be viewed at her mooring at Reg Hope Park, East Devonport. Weather permitting she is open for inspection on Saturday afternoons between 1.30 and 3.30pm for a gold coin donation. The volunteer crew will welcome you aboard.
*Please note that currently the Julie Burgess has been scheduled for some additional maintenance and there is no firm commencement date for sailings, please contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for more information.