History of the Ship & Docks

The enchanting 1885 tall ship, the Polly Woodside, is a tangible reminder of Australia’s rich maritime history and of the importance of such ships to the settlement and development.

Did you know?

  • The main mast is as high as a 10-storey building
  • The estimated size of the sails is 1110 square metres (about the size of an Olympic swimming pool!)
  • She was noted for her beautiful lines and speed, being both fast for its size and class and capable in good conditions of travelling at up to 14 knots (c 26 kilometres per hour)
  • In 1988 Polly was awarded the World Ship Trust Medal for supreme achievement in the preservation of Maritime Heritage, the first merchant ship in the world to be awarded this prestigious award. This is recognition of the international importance of the Polly Woodside and the quality of the restoration. She is in the company a select number of famous ships such as the Mary Rose and the SS Great Britain.