New tourism attraction ready to set sail on Mandurah’s canals

The countdown is on until a large pirate ship calls Mandurah home.

The impressive 12-metre wooden ship is just weeks away from officially docking along the eastern foreshore. 

Project creator Ben Dougherty said he was keen to bring the unique experience to Mandurah locals. 

“The pirate ship is nearly complete after a very long build process,” he said.

The boat was recently launched at the Fremantle Sailing Club to allow a naval architect and surveyor to conduct a stability test.

Mr Dougherty said the went well and that the ship was “looking good to come to Mandurah very soon”. 

Originally from Yorkshire, Mr Dougherty ran a similar business in the English coastal town of Bridlington.

He said it was a big project but one he and his partner Anita Elphinstine were excited to bring to life. 

Mr Dougherty moved to Mandurah more than 10 years ago and said he saw a void that the business could fill. 

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The purpose built pirate ship can carry about 50 passengers with room for four crew members. 

The boat was designed to operate in the Mandurah Canals, focusing on providing an exciting experience for children and a comfortable ride for adults.

Travellers will be able to steer the pirate wheel, ring the bell or sit back and enjoy the scenary and wildlife that call the Mandurah canals home.

Organisers will host an official launch within the next month.

For more information on the ship email or call 0490 084 329.