The Notorious is a replica fifteenth century caravel. The ship has taken ten years to build, made entirely from reclaimed timber. It was launched at Martins Point, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia on Monday, 7 February 2011. The Notorious was fitted with sails and conducted its first week long journey from Port Fairy to Geelong in January 2012
The Notorious has been a project of Graeme Wylie and wife Felicite.The inspiration for the ship was a local legend of the area where the Wylies lived, the Mahogany Ship. The story is that a Portuguese shipwreck had long been located in the area, and was still visible in the mid-1800s, but since has been covered over with sand.
Inspired by this legend, Wylie has spent twenty thousand dollars Australian, and thousands of manhours working on the ship. The ship has been carefully built based on period drawings of caravelles, as well as advice from historians. The ship was known while under construction as the Raven, but christened the Notorious when launched in February 2011 at Martin’s Point in Port Fairy, Victoria.