From humble beginnings…
Welcome to Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, a small family owned company that allows thousands of people each year to ‘step back in time’ aboard a historic Tall Ship and sail Sydney Harbour.
It has been said that the sailing ship is man’s most beautiful creation. To see a ship under sail upon the ocean is a breathtaking sight. To stand upon the deck and see the sails above and the sights of Sydney and our beautiful harbour all around, is something to behold.
An experience aboard a Tall Ship takes in all the senses; you’ll smell the fragrance of her tar and timbers. Taste the salt in the air. Feel the deck underfoot and a rope in your hand as you take part in setting sail. Listen to the creak of her rigging, a boisterous song from the crew or, the peace and quiet as the ship glides silently through the water. And… feel the love and joy that sailing provokes.
Two local families purchased the first ship of Sydney Harbour Tall Ship’s fleet, the Southern Swan, in 2007 because of the passion they have for our maritime history and the joy of sharing the experience of sailing these vessels from a past era. It was feared the ship might be sold overseas, as was the fate of the Bounty, or allowed to slowly rot away like the New Endeavour in the mid ‘80’s.
So many of these ships have been lost and there are not many of them left in the world – but we are determined to keep this dream alive, and we invite you to be part of that dream and to experience it for yourself.