The museum is hosting a very special visitor this week… Jessica Watson’s Ella’s Pink Lady!
The now famous 10.3 m yacht arrived at the museum late on Saturday afternoon following Jessica’s formal welcome reception at the Sydney Opera House. And it will remain on display here on the museum’s new Display Pontoon until Wednesday, 26 May.
And people have been arriving in droves since Saturday to see the sturdy little boat which Jessica called home for seven months during her round the world voyage.
Ella’s Pink Lady is in good company during her week-long visit. Also on display at the museum are two other famous round-the-world yachts – Blackmores First Lady and Kathleen Gillett.
Blackmores First Lady is Kay Cottee’s Cavalier 37 (11 metres long) in which she made her record-breaking solo voyage around the world in 1987-88. Blackmores First Lady is located inside the museum building.
Marine artist Jack Earl sailed his 13-metre wooden ketch Kathleen Gillett around the world in 1947. Kathleen was the second Australian yacht to achieve this milestone. It is berthed in the museum marina, only metres from the new Display Pontoon.