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Alfred Nobel

The ‘Alfred Nobel’ is a beautiful 30 metre spotted gum schooner built in Newcastle, NSW and has a superbly colourful history. She was built by the New South Wales government in 1951 as an Explosives lighter and after years of service in Sydney harbour ferrying ammunition. She was purchased by the Tucker Family of Tasmania in around 1975 to become a floating cabaret boat. She was then towed to Tasmania for the first of her many restorations.

After a long and arduous attempt to convert her to a passenger vessel, including major structural work, the family sadly had to resort to a secondary plan. The conversion then changed to utilise her as a shark and salmon fishing vessel. They successfully fished with a crew of seven until the family sold the vessel. She spent the next many years fishing the southern waters until she was sold again and was used as a trading vessel between Tasmania and the Flinders Islands. The details of her work remain shady after then and there were rumours of her gun running in Indonesia and “squidding” off the Victorian coast.

Darwin Harbour Cruises purchased her in February 2004 in Mooloolaba, Queensland as a working Tuna  Long Liner. She was then moved to Darwin where her final massive restoration and conversion took place.

After 53 years of continual service in the Australian Maritime industry and 12 months of loving restoration she has retired gracefully to cruise Darwin Harbour. The vessel’s shaded open plan deck and polished timber fit out caters to the most discerning tastes and her modern facilities provide a spectacular platform to enjoy the sites of Darwin Harbour. She is able to seat 70 guests for dinner and is in survey for 100 passengers for corporate or private functions.

If you would like further information regarding either one of our beautiful and much loved vessels or have some details to share please contact our office atinfo@darwinharbourcruises.com.au