Tales of the luggers

The Cairns Museum is collecting oral history of all luggers. Jon Burnett is curator of the Cairns Maritime Museum, the contents of which are now in storage, and is a conservation scientist and maritime trainer in MER (Marine Ecology Research & Training), who has taken trips to the Reef to check out its acidity. The HB, originally named for its builder Harry Bowden, and dubbed by Jon as the History Boat, may be the couple's current home but it is also a valuable piece of Far North Queensland history and it hasn't been all plain sailing restoring her. For full story click here.