Ben Boyd Wanderer Replica Ship


The Ben Boyd Wanderer Replica Project’s goal is to construct, own and operate a full scale 25-metre (82 foot) replica of Benjamin Boyd’s 1837 luxury, armed topsail schooner “Wanderer”, and its two tenders, with fit out to appropriate Australian maritime certification and safety standards.

The Wanderer replica is to be constructed, by skilled local shipwrights, volunteers and apprenticed shipwright trainees using Australian hardwood timbers sourced in the southeast forests. The construction site is beside the Seahorse Inn at Boydtown, Eden on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

The original Wanderer was built at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, in 1837 then sailed to Australia in 1842 by the young Scottish entrepreneur, Ben Boyd, seeking his fortune.  Arriving in Eden he built the Boydtown settlement on Twofold Bay including the magnificent Seahorse Inn, and Boyd’s Tower on Red Head. The Wanderer was moored in Twofold Bay for more than two years.

Because Ben Boyd enjoys such a significant part in the history of Eden and the Sapphire Coast, it was felt by many members of the Eden and surrounding community that building and operating a replica of the “Wanderer” would be an excellent way of commemorating Boyd’s contribution, in addition to the naming of Ben Boyd National Park, in his memory.

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Ben Boyd Wanderer