Exciting news and a sad farewell to the Derwent Hunter as we watch her change tack on to new adventures.

Under three decades of ownership with Warren & Jo Ladd, the DERWENT HUNTER has been sailing the sheltered waters of the Whitsunday Islands for over 25 years and is multi award winning for Adventure and Eco Tourism. The DERWENT HUNTER has been delighting guests by offering traditional sailing, snorkelling, eco interpretation sharing knowledge about the Whitsundays original inhabitants, the Ngaro Aboriginal people, the local ecology & geology.

Through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) the vessel has also participated in Marine Park research programs ensuring that the reef and islands will be there to enjoy for years to come.

Warren & Jo are excited to continue to follow the vessel as the vessel transitions to new adventures. DERWENT HUNTER will retain and continue her Advanced Eco Accreditation and long term skipper, Capt Josh will continue at the helm for her upcoming voyages.

2021 sees a change for everyone, including the HUNTER when she embarks on a new chapter in her history by increasing the level of voyaging options, First Nations maritime cultural heritage and eco tourism from Tweed Heads to the Torres Strait. Her new home port from April 2021 will be Cairns.

Under new ownership with the guidance of saltwater legends Sonia Minniecon and Michael Smith, the legendary Tall Ship DERWENT HUNTER is about to begin a new phase in her life, away from her daily run in the Whitsundays to voyaging throughout North Queensland, Cape York and the Torres Strait.

The DERWENT HUNTER will call Cairn’s home port for a few months before heading to Cooktown for the Cooktown and Cape York Expo from 8th to 21st June

Following which,  a new voyage from Cooktown to Cape Melville and on to Thursday Island, in time for the 150th anniversary of the Coming of the Light in the Torres Strait on 1st July 2021.

The remaining part of the year will include voyaging in the Torres Strait and Cape York, and back down the Coast to Airlie Beach. Keep a weather eye on the horizon (and Facebook) to see when she is in your salty back yard.

Of course, it’s not quite the last farewell, Tallship Adventures & the Ladd’s are so entrenched in this vessel’s history and life, there can never be a final goodbye. The Ladds will be voyaging in company with DERWENT HUNTER as she sails north

Click Here to learn more about the history of Derwent Hunter