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Experience Sydney Harbour on Tall Ship "Southern Swan"

Wind Jammer
1922
89 ft
90 Guests

About This Boat

Join us for an experience of a lifetime as we set sail on the world’s most beautiful harbour on an 1850's style Tall ship the "Southern Swan". This unique and historic venue will capture the imaginations of all your guests. Our private charter rates is AUD $1,250 per hour.

The Tall Ship - Souther Swan

Originally named Our Svanen, the Southern Swan is a magnificent three-masted barquentine built in Denmark in 1922. Made of Danish oak she is a unique vessel, whilst not classified as an icebreaker, her hull is extraordinarily strong enabling her to handle light ice that may have built up in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, Denmark and Greenland, where she originally traded as a grain carrier.

The Southern Swan has a unique nautical history. In 1969 she was purchased as a private vessel and extensively refitted to handle larger and longer ocean voyages. She served as a sail training vessel with the Canadian Sea Cadets and journeyed to Vancouver to appear at the World Expo in 1986. She then sailed to England to join the First Fleet Re-enactment.

Currently, the Southern Swan sails Sydney's famous harbour, providing day trips, exclusive charters and occasional offshore trips up and down the New South Wales Coast. She is currently the only ship in Sydney to offer the thrilling Mast Climb, an ascent up the rope ladder rungs to the Futtock Plate, where climbers can take in the breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour from a truly unique vantage point.

Boat Specification:

• Make: Square Rigger, Three-Masted Barquentin
• Year: 1922
• Ship Name: Southern Swan
• Length: 89ft
• Capacity: up to 90 guests

Charter Rates:

• 2 Hours Minimum: AUD $1,250 per hour

Required Deposit:

•  AUD $3,000

The Ship Hire Includes:

• Exclusive and private use of the Southern Swan
• The opportunity to join the captain and the crew to hoist the sails, or simply relax and enjoy
• The opportunity to climb the mast and check out the views up the crow's nest
• Your dedicated host to facilitate your event and look after your guests
• iPod and speakers playing your favorite tunes
• Pick-up and drop-off at Campbell’s Cove, The Rocks near Circular Quay
• Option to sail for 2, 3, 4 or 5 hours (ship hire is on a per hour basis)

Add-on the following:

• Buccaneers BBQ (Fresh king prawns, scotch fillet steak, chicken skewers, sausages, chorizos, spinach feta pastry, grilled onions, bread rolls, 3 gourmet salads) for $49 per person
• Open bar on beer, wine, bubbly, soft drinks, juices and bottled water for $10.90 per person/hour

Details

  • Type: Wind Jammer
  • Capacity: 90 People
  • Year: 1922
  • Rental Minimum: 2 hours
  • Length: 89 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements

General Terms and Conditions:

• Smoking is not permitted aboard the ship.
• Please obey any reasonable request from any member of the crew.
• No sharp heeled shoes will be permitted.
• Bar staff are trained in the responsible service of alcohol and service will be refused to any intoxicated passenger.
• No alcohol is to be brought onto the ship without prior agreement with the Company.
• Passengers must not bring any illegal substances onto the tall ship.
• All prices and inclusions are subject to change at any time.
• The tall ships are not suitable for wheelchair access due to steep stairways required to access facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions for Exclusive Events

Do you have a minimum or maximum number of guests on the ship?

We are licensed to hold up to 100 guests per vessel. There is no minimum number of guests. We can accommodate for 100 guests and over; give us a call to discuss this option.

What is the deposit amount?

We require a deposit of $3000 to be paid upon booking.

Are we able to provide our own catering on the Charter?

We have a range of delicious menus on offer. We don’t usually accept our clients to bring their own catering.

What are your options for vegetarians and other dietary requirements?

We cater for vegetarians and gluten-free; options will depend on the menu choice. Please discuss specific requirements with us.

Can we do BYO?

We are a licensed venue so unfortunately, we do not usually allow BYO’s. We do cater for special requests.

Do you have seats available for all guests to sit on around the boat? Can we do a sit down meal?

Our Tall Ships are nearly 100 years old. What we offer is an authentic experience and tables and chairs aren’t part of this experience. Guests usually sit around the deck when eating and are free to move around. We highly recommend a finger food menu for groups over 50 people.

What happens in wet weather? Do you have enough undercover/ indoor area if it rains or if it’s too hot?

We still sail rain or shine on our daily shared cruises. There is a canopy set-up in the front deck, and when it’s raining we can add another one in the rear deck. Your guests can also be sheltered below deck and we always have rain ponchos on board if needed.

Please note that you have the option to re-schedule your charter within the terms and conditions. We’ve have had charters where it was raining and guests came back to the wharf singing shanties so it depends on the guests; there are groups who don’t mind the rain and still have heaps of fun! For guests who know they won’t enjoy and are not too keen to be out in the harbour when it’s raining, they always have the option to reschedule to another date within the terms and conditions.

Will I get sea sick?

It is very unlikely. Our ships are very stable in Sydney Harbour and we never go outside the heads, unless this is your requirement. The only time it gets choppy in the harbour is when the winds are really strong. When this happens the skipper goes to an area in the harbour where there’s protection from the wind or up the river.

Do you have an age requirement?

Everyone is welcome on board, from infants to the elderly.

Do you have an Ipod dock?

We have speakers and iPod that we play during charters. You can also plug-in your own iPod if you wish.

Do you have a PA system?

Yes, we have a microphone and a portable speaker.

Do you have a projector / screen?

No, but you can bring your own.

Do you have an area where we can have a short presentation?

The lower deck can fit up to 20-40 guests at a time, depending on the vessel.

What are the locations for the treasure hunt?

We recommend Goat Island or Chowder Bay for a maximum of 40 guests and Cockatoo Island or The Rocks for up to 80 guests. We are open to other suggestions.

What is laser clay shooting?

Laser-clay shooting is a safe, original and interactive activity. It is run as a contest, and in each round, five people line up on the deck to shoot at the same target with their laser shotguns. The target (the clay) is launched into the air at various speed and angles and each player has to fire twice at the target. Each gun is micro-chipped and linked to an electronic scoreboard. Points are awarded if the target is hit and the results are electronically calculated and displayed on the scoreboard. At the end of the competition the player or team with the most points gets the glory!

Is there a smoking area?

We would prefer that the ship remains a non smoking vessel. Saying that, please approach the host or skipper if smoking can’t be avoided for your group. Guests can smoke beside the skipper so they are far from flammable items such as the lines or gas tanks. The skipper also watches out for any sparks as the ship is wood and sails so we have to be extra safe.

Do you allow decorations?

Yes, you can bring decorations although we find the ship in itself with it's timber and sails are enough.

What time do we need to arrive at the dock?

You will need to be at the dock no later than 15 minutes prior your sail time.

Is there a first aid office on board?

The master, the deckhands and the host are all first aid trained and certified. There is also a first aid kit on board.

How many life jackets are on board?

We have 120 life jackets on board.

Where does the boat normally cruise?

The boat will sail around the harbour. We don’t have a set itinerary as we motor against the direction of the wind that day and then set sail. We will past Sydney’s biggest attractions including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and Admiralty House. If we have enough time we can cover Watson’s Bay all the way up the Parramatta River. If you have any areas of interest, just let us know and we will include it in the itinerary, if possible.

What should I wear?

Please consider the weather on the day. We suggest soft low heel shoes, hat, wet weather gear (if it looks like rain) and a warm jacket. You are welcome to bring a small cushion if required. We also suggest you bring sunscreen.
White pants might not be a great idea![top] No sharp heeled shoes will be permitted.

Is there wheelchair access?

Unfortunately due to the steep stairs required to access facilities on board, the ship does not have wheelchair access.

Where do I board the ship?

Unless special requirement, our ships depart from Campbell’s Cove at The Rocks. We recommend taking public transport to Circular Quay and walking along the esplanade towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Campbell's Cove is located just beyond the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The walk is approximately 5-10 minutes (please consider your personal limitations if necessary). There are a few parking stations nearby, varying in cost: Bonds Store One, 26 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, 2000 The Clock tower Parking, 55 Harrington Street, The Rocks, 2000 Wilson Parking, 155 George St, The Rocks, 2000. Please be at the wharf 15-30 minutes prior to departure.

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