Why one couple decided to restore a 75-year-old tall ship for a new life at sea – Life Matters

Tomorrow, with a traditional Torres Strait Islander “blessing of the fleet”, the newly-restored Derwent Hunter will prepare to set sail for a new life at sea.

The couple behind the new endeavour Sonia Minniecon and Mike Smith have worked with local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities to convert the 75-year-old tall ship into a venue for cultural education as well as a platform to train the next generation of Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander shipwrights and sailors.


Sonia Minniecon and Mike Smith, co-owners of the Derwent Hunter and co-founders of the Saltwater Club and Blackbird International

Caleb Zaro, Derwent Hunter deck crew trainee

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