Whale boats (as used in the whaling industry) were significant in local exploration. The design was more seaworthy and lighter and could be beached/launched more easily by their crew.

This was a vital reason why Captain James Kelly selected the Elizabeth as his vessel for the circumnavigation of Van Diemens Land.

Kelly borrowed the Elizabeth (named after the wife of magistrate Major James Gorden) and set off with a number of convicts from Hobart Town in 1815.

The Best Experience Ever

Whale boats were used the world over as a fast and seaworth vessel. See this one in the Bass and Flinders Centre

Honestly wasn't expecting much when we went in but were blown away by the friendliness of the staff and their excitement to share the story of Bass and Flinders with us. There's a full sized replica of the Norfolk ship inside (You have no idea looking on the outside of the centre) which you can go in and explore and a few other things to look at. I highly recommend going to the Bass and Flinders centre if you're up in George Town, it was a favorite of mine on the trip and I'd go back again.

Adam Rosewarne